The Cabazon sheriff's station is helping host a free "shred-a-thon" next week in an effort to help prevent identity theft.
According to Riverside Sheriff's Sergeant Donald Fortney, the event is being held "for the safe and secure disposal of personal records or documents that contain sensitive or personnel information, that if improperly disposed of, could be used to facilitate fraud or identity theft."
On Saturday, Nov. 3, people from the San Gorgonio Pass area are welcomed to bring up to five boxes (banker box size) of documents to shred.
The free event will allow area residents to utilize the services of the company Sergeant Shredder, a mobile shredding company that only employs former firefighters, military and law enforcement officers that have passed background investigations.
"Residents can witness the destruction of their records or documents on-site," Fortney said.
In addition to the shredding services, attendees can learn about ways to prevent crime and identity theft from the Calimesa Police Department, the sergeant added.
The mobile shredding truck will be in the parking lot of Bob's Big Boy Restaurant, 540 Sandalwood Drive, Calimesa, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.