100 Commons Way
BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County and Bridgewater Township are sponsoring Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, Aug 8, at the Bridgewater Township Municipal Building, located at 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event is a free and easy way for residents to get rid of their confidential documents to help guard against identity theft. Residents can watch while their documents are shredded. The event will occur rain or shine.
To comply with social distancing guidelines, residents must wear facial coverings and should be prepared to unload their items, but staff will be available to help if necessary.
“According to a recent report, last year almost 250,000 people were victims of credit card fraud,” said Freeholder Melonie Marano, public works liaison. “Residents should take advantage of this free service. Trained, licensed and bonded document-destruction specialists will commercially shred documents safely, privately and properly.”
Proof of residency is required: Residents should be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. No businesses or commercial vehicles are allowed.
Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can attend as many shredding events, as they like, and can participate even if they do not reside in the towns that are holding the events. To view a list of upcoming shredding events, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding .
Residents can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit but will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed.
Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will not be accepted.
For more information about the Operation Secure Shred program, contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Victims of identity theft can download the Federal Trade Commission’s comprehensive booklet, “Identity Theft: A Recovery Plan.” For more information, visit http://bit.ly/IDTheftTakeControl.