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Hundreds turnout for NBC 10's Great Shredding Event

Hundreds of Southern New England families took advantage of NBC10's Great Shredding Event Saturday to protect their personal identity. (NBC10 Photo)

An estimated 15.4 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2016, an all-time high according to security experts.

So it was no surprise that hundreds of Southern New England families took advantage of NBC 10's Great Shredding Event on Saturday to protect their identities.

"I had tons of paper at home that I couldn't shred," said Christine Halloer of Woonsocket.

“We’re cleaning house,” said another woman.

So much excitement for the event that cars were lined up at Cardi's Furniture in West Warwick two and half hours before the massive Shred-It trucks got to work.

"Last year we had 1,300 cars,” said Peter Cardi. “We think we're going to have more because at 6:30 this morning we had people lined up."

Greg Johnson of Shred-It said it only takes a tiny bit of information for crooks to get access to your online banking and credit card information. That’s why he said it's so important to be proactive when it comes to destroying old documents.

"Everybody seems like they don't know what to do with it. They don't want to throw it in the trash. They don't want to hold onto it forever,” said Johnson. “But they also don't want to spend the time to shred. So you know, 20 minutes waiting in line is worth it to shred a box."

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