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Posted on: March 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Police Host Shred-A-Thon - CANCELED

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There were more than 14 million victims of fraud in the U.S. in 2018 according to the 2019 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research. This is a 15% decrease from 2017. One of the most successful ways of preventing identity theft is by shredding documents that contain personal information that thieves use.  

Join James City County Police Department for a Shred-A-Thon on May 2 at the Williamsburg/James City County Courthouse at 5201 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (or when the truck is full).

The first grocery bag of documents will be shredded at no charge and each additional bag is $5.  Citizens are invited to bring up to 10 paper or plastic grocery bags or 5 file boxes of documents to be shredded.  Computer disks, binders, laminated paper and other non-paper materials should be removed from boxes prior to the event.  Staples, rubber bands and paper clips do not need to be removed.

The event is set up like a drive-thru with stop and go service; volunteers will be available to assist with unloading boxes.

Please note that due to the size shredding truck that we have secured, this event is available for personal use only.

Only cash (please bring small bills) and checks (made out to James City County Treasurer) will be accepted. We are unable to accept credit cards.

Due to the popularity of this event, please be prepared for the possibility of long lines and wait times.

Proceeds from the Shred-A-Thon will support the Department’s annual Shop with a Cop event and other community outreach and crime prevention programs.  Shop with a Cop is a program assisting underprivileged children and families during the holidays in James City County. Fight identity theft while helping a child have a happy holiday.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Officer Jamie Lilley at 757-603-6027 or

Media contact:
Stephanie Williams, Police Spokesperson

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