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Shredding on Tuesday helps combat ID theft
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All it takes is two pieces of information about you - your name and an account number - and a criminal can steal your identity.

It is why shredding personal documents is the best way to protect yourself.

“You don’t want to make it easy for the criminals because it costs us all as consumers,” noted Manteca Police spokesman Rex Osborn.

It is why the City of Manteca is conducting a free shredding event on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Library Park in downtown Manteca. It is part of the citywide National Night Out effort.

Those dropping off items for shredding are asked to bring them in boxes that close or in paper bags. Two lines to drop-off items for shredding will come off of Yosemite Avenue onto Manteca Avenue. After dropping off items vehicles will exit onto Center Street.

Police have noted that the average cost of identity theft out of a consumer’s pocket is about $1,500. The balance - which can run into the tens of thousands of dollars - is absorbed by businesses and banks that are defrauded and passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.

Detectives have come across instances of criminals paying people to rummage through blue recycling Toters to retrieve private documents such as credit card statements, cancelled checks, and names.

Also on Tuesday at Library Park, the Manteca Parks and Recreation Department will conduct children games as part of National Night Out during the farmers market that runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s entertainment consists of the Cassettes as well as Pinkie & The Resistance.

Nearly 50 block parties are scheduled throughout Manteca on Tuesday.

“Getting to know your neighbor is important,” Osborn said, adding that criminals operate best in neighborhoods where people don’t look out for each other and their property.