Feeding the Beast for Halton Crime Stoppers

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Date(s) - Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Halton Regional Building


Halton Crime Stoppers will be “Feeding the Beast” again this year to raise funds for the program and protect people from identity theft.

“This is one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada and people can easily be victimized,” said Detective Constable Paul Proteau, Halton’s Crime Stoppers coordinator. “It’s vital for everyone to make sure their personal papers, mail or other documents don’t fall into the wrong hands.”

He said fraud artists need only a few pieces of information to steal your identity and open up false accounts in your name.

To help prevent people from being victimized by scammers, Halton Crime Stoppers is organizing two opportunities for individuals to safely dispose of personal papers and sensitive documents in a giant mobile shredding machine, known as the Beast.

The owners of the truck, FileBank Canada, one of the country’s leading on-site document shredding and destruction companies, has partnered with Halton Crime Stoppers to guarantee any personal and sensitive material fed to the beast can never be used to steal someone’s identity.

Shredding will take place on Saturday, May 7 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Parking Lot A at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, just north of the Queen Elizabeth Way in Oakville, and on Sunday, May 8 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Real Canadian Superstore, 820 Main Street East in Milton.

There is a fee of $5 for a shopping bag, $10 for a banker’s box and $15 for a large box with all proceeds going to support Halton Crime Stoppers in its efforts to combat crime and keep the region safe for all residents.

FileBank Canada, headquartered in Toronto, has conducted successful shredding events with Halton Crime Stoppers in previous years and also with other Crime Stoppers organizations. By providing this specialized vehicle without charge to Crime Stoppers programs, FileBank Canada gives people the opportunity to get rid of bank records, invoices, tax documents and other papers containing highly personal information that could cause a financial nightmare if found by a fraud artist.

Proteau said the shredding event is also timed to coincide with the end of the tax season when people need to dispose of old records and discard any papers with account number or other sensitive information that are no longer required.

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