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Free shredding event helps fight ID theft
A city solid waste worker stacks boxes of documents for shredding crews to handle. - photo by Bulletin file photo
Forty-five less Manteca residents were the victim of identity theft in the first five months of this year compared to the same time period of 2009.

Manteca Police credit much of the drop to residents taking to heart warnings that criminals often pay people to shift through residential recycling Toters in a bid to glean personal information they can use to steal identities.

And the most effective way to fight from becoming an identity theft victim is by participating in the City of Manteca’s twice-a-year free shredding events.

The next one is on Tuesday, Aug., 3, at Library Park from 4 to 7 p.m. as part of the community’s week-long National Night Out effort in a bid to encourage residents to take an active role in making Manteca safer from crime.

There will be two drive-thru lanes for city residents to drop off items to be shredded. They need to be placed in boxes with lids or in closed bags.

Manteca Police have handled 130 cases through May of this year of ID theft that covers fraud and forgery. That’s 25.71 less than the same time period in 2009 when there were 175 cases.

Manteca Police will be on site for security for the shredding event. You are encouraged to bring personal documents to be shredded such as tax returns, medical records, credit card statements, mortgage papers and other similar paperwork. All documents will be shredded and then recycled. Shred-It trucks will be on hand. The event is open to Manteca residents only

The Federal Trade Commission indicates there are 10 million victims of identity theft a year in the United States with a good number of the cases involving serious breaches that take the victim an average of 175 hours to clear up their credit with average losses not covered by financial institutions pegged at $1,500.

Other National Night Out events include:

•A car show on Sunday, Aug. 1, at the MRPS Hall for the John Cambra Foundation.

•Block parties from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, throughout Manteca. More than 40 are already scheduled. To register for a block party you can call 456-8114.

•A National Night Out event with kids games and community based organizations with information booths on Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the farmers market at Library Park.

•A gang awareness and prevention for business program conducted by Manteca Police gang officers at the Main Street Café on West Yosemite Avenue. The free hour-long sessions are on Thursday, Aug, 5, at 7 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. There will be free soda and coffee.

•The California Motorcycle Officer Skills Competition on Saturday, Aug, 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Orchard Valley near Atherton Drive and Union Road. The public is encouraged to attend.

•The 16th annual car show and cruise conducted by the Manteca Police Community Emergency Response Team on Sunday, Aug, 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Library Park. The entry fee is $20. Those with vehicles entered will be able to go on a legal cruise of the community. For more information go to or call (209) 471-2306.