SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive has announced the annual Shred Event will take place later this month as originally scheduled. Due to COVID-19 there will extra precautions in place.
To protect citizens from identity theft, Olive and the Johnston County Register of Deeds Office will hold the Shred Event on Saturday, October 31st from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the parking lot of Carlie C’s IGA at 721 N. Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield. 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.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have safety measures in place,” Mr. Olive said. “The public is encourage to wear their masks and practice social distancing. Masks will be available if needed.”
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crime in America. Someone’s identity is stolen every three seconds. North Carolina ranks 18th in identity theft victims according to the NC Department of Justice.
Along with Mr. Olive and the Register of Deeds Office, the event is being co-sponsored by Radio Station 102.3FM, The Johnston County Report, Local Government Federal Credit Union, Carlie C’s IGA and Hinson’s Printing.
Back in 2009, Olive was credited with getting a tougher Identity Theft Protection bill passed in the North Carolina General Assembly. Register of Deeds in all 100 North Carolina counties can now cover up sensitive numbers and information on public documents on the Internet. Olive he will continue to be an advocate for the citizens of Johnston County in preventing Identity theft. The shred event is one such method.
For more information call 919-989-5160.