The Caldwell County Register of Deeds and Caldwell County Government will host a “Shred & Protect” event on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grace Chapel EMS Base, 4470 Grace Chapel Road, Granite Falls, NC.

Citizens are encouraged to bring personal documents they want to dispose of and safely shred them at no
cost. Experts recommend that documents with the following information be shredded:

 Account numbers
 Addresses, email addresses, or phone numbers
 Birthdates
 Passwords or PINs
 Signatures
 Social Security numbers

The goal of the event is to educate citizens about identify theft and to help prevent it.

“Identity theft is one of the most prevalent crimes being committed against individuals nationwide, with ever sophisticated criminals constantly looking for opportunities to steal personally identifying numbers and information,” explains Wayne Rash, Caldwell County Register of Deeds. “Our office has been proactive in combating identity theft by now offering a property fraud alert system that notifies citizens when something containing their name is recorded and redacting social security and driver’s license numbers on all of our online documents.”

To sign up for the new fraud alert system, visit For more information contact Wayne Rash at the Caldwell County Register of Deeds Office at or 828-757-1310.

Article courtesy of Caldwell County Public Information Office.