KUSA - The 9NEWS and Crime Stoppers annual Shred-a-thon was a success once again, raising more than $84,000 this year.
Thousands gather their old paperwork and brought it to the 2014 Shred-a-thon.
Some boxes even dates back to 1992. All donations collected benefited Metro Denver Crime Stoppers Saturday.
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey says adequately shredding unneeded paperwork is part of an overall identity theft protection plan.
"Any type of prevention, just taking simple steps, can help prevent you from becoming a victim and save yourself a lot of time," Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said following last year's Shred-a-thon.
The money donated goes to fund rewards Crime Stoppers offers in criminal investigations.
"The donations immediately provide our ability to give awards that we pay out to the anonymous tipsters that call, text, email and use our APP," said Crime Stoppers Board President Mike Mills.
"We solve a lot of crime and without the reward, people wouldn't come forward," Morrissey added.
Experts suggest people shred documents that contain more information than your name and address. Crosscut shredders are best.
"When you cross cut it, it makes it that much harder to do anything with that information so that's why we emphasize buying a shredder with a zigzag pattern, not a straight line," explains Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink.
Experts suggest you shred:
- Cancelled checks
- ATM and Credit card receipts
- Old credit cards
- Credit Card Offers
- Old Bank statements
- Tax records and receipts (keep for 7 years)
- Medical records and bills (keep for a year in case of disputes)
- Pay stubs (keep for a year)
- Keep the most recent version of: Social Security statements, Annual insurance policy statements, Retirement plan statements (but shred the rest)
In 2013, the Shred-a-thon raised more than $70,000 to fight crime with Crime Stoppers and Shred-it Inc. shredded over 350 tons of paper.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that relies 100 percent on donations to offer rewards to people who can solve crimes in the metro-Denver community.
Crime Stoppers takes anonymous tips by phone at 720-913-STOP (7867) or through the use of the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for an award of up to $2,000.
The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app is immediately available as a free download on the App Store for Apple devices, on Google Play for Android devices and on the BlackBerry App World for select BlackBerry devices.
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