Police offer shredder

November 16, 2005

The Hood River City Police Department is willing to shred personal documents for residents who want to avoid identity theft.

From Nov. 23 to Dec. 23, the law enforcement agency will make its regular shredding service available to citizens. Police Chief Bruce Ludwig has ordered an extra locked bin to handle the added volume of papers.

He said the contents of that bin will be destroyed in a secure operation at the end of December in concert with old police records.

People wanting to use the service are invited to bring unwanted documents to the police station at the junction of Second and State streets.

“We want to help people become more aware of identity theft. This offer is intended to show them one way that they can protect themselves,” said Chief Bruce Ludwig.

He said the service is only being provided for residential documents and is not available to business files.

The police department also wants to help parents create confidential identification records for their children. At the Dec. 2 First Friday celebration, a fingerprinting table will be set up at city hall on the corner of Third and Oak streets. Ludwig said parents can use the information if their child runs away or goes missing.

However, he said these records, like all others belonging to minors, should also be kept locked away from identity thieves.

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