Public Shred Event Saturday

Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive will hold his annual Public Shred Event this Saturday.

As part of an ongoing effort to help the citizens of Johnston County in preventing identity theft, Olive organizes the yearly public shred event. The free event will be held this Saturday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carlie C’s IGA parking lot, located at 721 N. Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield.

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America.  Every three seconds someone’s identity is stolen.

According to the N.C. Department of Justice, North Carolina is ranked 29th among states. And according to Javelin Strategy and Research in 2016, in North Carolina, it’s estimated that about 400,000 people are victimized annually.

The public is encouraged to bring old files, receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information that they want to discard.

The event is co-sponsored by WTSB Radio AM-1090 / FM 105.5, WMPM 1270-AM, InterState Outdoor, Carlie C’s IGA, and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

Back in 2009, Mr. Olive was credited with getting a tougher Identity Theft Protection bill passed in North Carolina.  For more information contact the Register of Deeds Office at 919-989-5160.