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Register of deeds hosts community shred-a-thon

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SMITHFIELD — More than 20,000 pounds of paper was shredded at Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive’s annual Shred Event held on April 6 at Carlie C’s IGA supermarket.

Boxes and bags filled with sensitive and personal information was shredded, protecting participants from the potential threat of identity fraud.

Olive said he believes his annual shred events are a great benefit to Johnston County residents.

“I will continue my efforts to prevent identity fraud as long as I am in public service,” said Olive. “These annual shred events provide our citizens a free way to dispose of personal and sensitive information. I am happy to assist our citizens in any way that I can. The shredding of sensitive and personal documents is a proactive way to protect your identity and I am proud to sponsor these events.”

In 2009, Olive joined forces with then -state Sen. David Rouzer to push for a stronger Identity Protection Act in the General Assembly.

In July 2009, former Gov, Beverly Perdue signed the measure into law. This law gives all North Carolina registrars of deeds the authority to cover up sensitive information such as Social Security and driver license numbers on public documents.

The community shredding has been an annual event for Olive since 2009 and he said he looks forward to the event each year.

People traveled from Wake, Wilson and Sampson counties this year to participate in the shred event.

“It was a great success,” Olive said.