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CBS 5 Shred-a-thon a huge success for consumers

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One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from identity theft is to shred old documents, and CBS 5 News helped you do that with our annual special event.

We held the CBS 5 Shred-a-thon on Monday, April 10.

This date was just before the annual IRS tax filing deadline, so it is a great time to dispose of old tax returns and other documents you want to get rid of.

As always, CBS 5 partnered with International Paper and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for the event. For more than a decade, International Paper and MCAO have worked with us to conduct some of the most widely attended Valley shred-a-thons.

The event took place at International Paper's facility at 301 S. 30th Street near Washington Street in Phoenix. The event ran all day, from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. CBS 5 News was broadcasting live there throughout the day.

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To enter the event, you must line up your vehicle on Washington Street - either direction. Phoenix Police will require vehicles coming southbound on 30th Street to turn right or left on Washington to join the lines. There will be no access to the event from 30th Street, north of Washington.

Shredding is completely free, up to a maximum of 15 banker-size boxes or trash bags. (See important disclaimer below)

What to bring?

Bring tax returns that are more than five years old, old bank and credit card statements, old utility bills, old medical bills and any other documents you wish to have destroyed.

Staples and paper clips are fine to leave on your documents; they can go through the shredder. Please remove any big black spring clips, the kind that hold many pieces of paper together; they cannot go through the shredder. 

Boxes can either be left for International Paper to recycle for you or you can take them home with you.

If you need to bring your documents in bags, paper bags can go through the shredder and are preferred over plastic bags. Paper bags will keep the lines moving even quicker at the event, but plastic bags will be accepted.

Make sure to come on out on April 10, and take action to protect your identity.

The CBS 5 Shred-a-thon is for individuals, not the business community. We know from doing this event more than a dozen times over a decade that 100 percent of consumers who attend have fewer than 15 boxes. Anyone attempting to bring more than 15 boxes, whether in separate cars or return trips, will be turned away. If everyone follows our easy rule, consumers can protect their identities and we can keep our shred-a-thon free.

Dave CherryCBS 5 Advocate Dave Cherry works to resolve your consumer problems and protect your money. If he can't help, he'll do his best to point you in the right direction.

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Dave Cherry
CBS 5 Advocate

Dave was born and raised in Philadelphia and considers himself one of the biggest Philly sports fans. At 6-feet, 5-inches, he's probably right! Dave started on a different career path before fulfilling his lifelong dream of reporting the news and helping consumers. Dave graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting; he later earned an MBA degree in Finance from Temple University in Philadelphia. Dave also spent ten years as Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing for two of America's leading real estate franchise companies. Dave started his 21-year news career at WHP in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as news anchor and reporter, then moved to KOLD in Tucson, as the morning news anchor. From Tucson, he went to KRON in San Francisco as a freelance news reporter before moving east to COMCAST in Philadelphia as a general assignment reporter. In the fall of 2003, Dave moved west and joined KPNX in Phoenix and spent nine years as the station Call for Action Consumer Reporter. Through his on-air advocacy work in 2011, Dave and his team were able to help consumers save more than $1 million. Dave joined CBS 5 News as our CBS 5 Advocate in December 2012. Dave is a vegan and likes to eat the amazing vegan food prepared by his lovely wife, Carmen. Dave's also a big Bruce Springsteen fan (he's seen more than 70 shows!), the man who inspired him to learn the guitar. Besides playing many of the boss' songs, Dave writes and sings his own songs and recorded a CD of original music.

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