HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Shred personal documents for free with Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, March 27, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, South County Facility located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled.
The event will be held rain or shine.
“Last year there were more than 3 million reports of identity theft and fraud,” said Somerset County Commissioner Melonie Marano, liason to the Public Works department. “Identity theft can potentially cost victims thousands of dollars, and hours of time spent repairing their credit. Operation Secure Shred is a free and valuable service that can help protect residents from being a victim of this type of crime.”
To comply with social distancing guidelines, residents must wear facial coverings and should be prepared to unload their items from their vehicle. Staff will be available to assist residents.
Proof of Residency
Residents must be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill, or any other bill that shows proof of residency at a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are not allowed.
Residents from any of Somerset County’s 21 municipalities can attend as many shredding events as they like and even if they are not residents of the town hosting the event. To view a list of shredding events, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.
Document Shredding Guidelines
Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will not be accepted.
For more information about Operation Secure Shred, contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or [email protected].
Victims of identity theft can download the Federal Trade Commission’s comprehensive booklet, “Identity Theft: A Recovery Plan.” For more information, visit http://bit.ly/IDTheftTakeControl.