LAS VEGAS - Identify theft is becoming a bigger problem every year. In 2011, 11 million adults were victims. That's up 13 percent from the year before. The number doesn't include children who have had their identities stolen, which is a recent trend.
One way to protect yourself from identity theft is by shredding old documents. Every year, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Nevada holds a free shredding event at their headquarters. The BBB is holding its next event October 20.
Last year, the BBB shredded 44,000 pounds of personal information for valley residents. This year, they aren't just shredding paper. Anything that has your personal info on it can be cleaned.
"We will take e-waste. We will take plastic, paper, wood, aluminum, old cell phones," said Rhonda Mettler with the Better Business Bureau.
The event takes place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau office at 6040 South Jones Boulevard.
The first 10 boxes you bring are free. Extra boxes cost $10. If you can't make the event, you can drop off your boxes all week at the BBB headquarters.
Attendees will also receive a free protector that can be slipped over credit cards. The protectors block electronic pickpocket machines.