SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive and several volunteers spent Saturday assisting the citizens of Johnston County at the annual Shred Event in Smithfield.
This year’s event, originally scheduled for May, had to be postponed due to COVID. However, that did not deter citizens who brought boxes and bags filled with sensitive and personal information to be shredded, protecting these citizens from the potential threat of identity fraud. Almost 17,000 pounds of paper was shredded on Saturday, the most ever at the annual event put on each year by Mr. Olive.
“I would like to publicly thank some local Boy Scouts for their hard work at our Shred Event. These young men gave up their Saturday to serve their community. They worked hard without complaining; they displayed great work ethic and wanted to make sure they did a great job. They were an asset to me and I am thankful for their assistance,” Mr. Olive said. “These Boy Scouts are part of Troops 24, 29 and 124 of Johnston County. I also want to say thanks to our sponsors as well.”
A long time strong supporter of efforts to prevent identity fraud, Mr. Olive believes that his annual Shred Events are a great benefit to the citizens of Johnston County. “I will continue my efforts to prevent identity fraud as long as I am in public service. These annual shred events provide our citizens a free way to dispose of personal and sensitive information. The shredding of sensitive and personal documents is a proactive way to protect your identity and I am proud to sponsor these events.”
Since 2009, the Shred Event has been an annual event for the Register of Deeds Office and Mr. Olive has no plans to discontinue this effort. “It is always a great success and I will continue with this service because I know that it is beneficial to our citizens.”