Crime Stoppers organizations say that shredding papers with personal information can help prevent the crime, so Big Bend Crime Stoppers, Wal-Mart and a shredding company teamed up to offer free document shredding Saturday morning.
They say shredding paperwork may seem time consuming, but it's worth it.
"By having this shredding system put in place today, citizens got the opportunity to get rid of these things and feel comfortable now that that information about themselves won't be getting into the general public," said Allen Stucks, director of Big Bend Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers said identity thieves often use papers such as store receipts and credit card statements to find birthday, account and Social Security numbers. They also said papers with tax information should be shredded.