Hundreds pitched and purged old financial documents for this year's Shred-it event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - People lined up early in their cars to pitch and purge old financial records and documents while protecting their identity.  

Hundreds took advantage of Call For Action's annual Shred-it event. Shred-it trucks started destroying documents at six Commerce Bank locations Saturday morning. Margaret Burns of Roeland Park was first in line at the Prairie Village bank branch.

"The first year I came I was way over there. I decided to come early," Burns said.    

"I have a little shredder. We get so much junk mail these days our little shredders can't do it," said Katie Kolb, who also arrived early.  

Each year, 41 Action News' consumer unit, Call For Action, teams up with the shredding company Shred-it, as well as Commerce Bank, the Better Business Bureau in Greater Kansas City and Kids TLC.

The goal is to help consumers pitch old documents in a way that protects personal information. 

"The FTC tells us ID theft and related crimes are the single fastest growing category of criminal conduct in the United States," said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. 

Representatives from the Attorney General offices in Kansas and Missouri also took part this year. Each office continues to see consumers targeted by identity theft.

"Anything people can do to avoid becoming a victim in the first place by shredding, not making them easy targets is just really a smart move," Schmidt said.   

Consumers dropped off 57 tons of paper Saturday morning. The documents were shredded at each of the six Commerce locations. The paper will be recycled.  

Kids TLC collect more than $11,500 for children's programs. 

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