The second annual RTV6 Shred Day is aimed at protecting Hoosiers from identity theft by safely disposing of unwanted personal items.
Sponsors DAO and QuickShred will accept old files, computer hard drives and personal electronics from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Hawthorn Plaza near 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard.
QuickShred is a member of the National Association for Information Destruction, and DAO is registered with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Nick Ostergaard, communication manager for the central Indiana Better Business Bureau, said that destroying old financial files and computer hard drives can keep personal information out of the hands of potential identity thieves.
"In the digital age, so much of our financial information is on these computers and we get credit card offers in the mail every day,” Ostergaard said. “If somebody has some of your information, they could fill out these credit card offers. They could get into your old computer and they could really do some damage to your credit history.”
Last year, more than 1,700 Hoosiers took advantage of the free service.