can occur if a person isn't careful with his or her sensitive documents. While throwing bank account statements, old credit cards or Social Security information in the trash may seem convenient, thieves can dig through and find these papers, steal them and then use them to tarnish a person's identity.
Recognizing this risk, state officials in Nashville, Tennessee, are sponsoring an event unofficially named "document shredding Saturday."Local citizens are encouraged to go to the parking lot of the LP Field - home of the Tennessee Titans - to "shred and dispose of outdated and private records," The Associated Press reports. Personnel from the Consumer Affairs Division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance and the Tennessee Attorney General's Office will be on hand to supervise the event. In addition, members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Department of Safety and Homeland Security will be present to distribute handouts on how to protect against identity theft
. According to state consumer affairs director Gary Cordell, identity theft
is one of the quickest growing crimes in Tennessee.