Houston Offers Monthly Document Shredding

Houston residents now have access to free paper shredding services each month. The City of Houston is offering the service as a way of combatting identity theft.

It’s estimated that about 25,000 Texans are victims of identity theft every year.

Houston Police Assistant Chief John Trevino says they get thousands of calls about ID theft and it’s becoming a huge problem.

“Folks are just simply taking some of their junk mail or some of their old documents and throwing it in the trash. Let me tell you folks, there are people going into our trash, into our dumpsters and getting our information for the purpose of stealing your identity.”

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced a new partnership with Data Shredding Services to provide free shredding each month in different areas of the city.

“Already DSS shreds and recycles more than 370 tons of paper material per month. We want to add to that number. We believe that we can significantly increase the amount of shredded material, knowing that the shredded material is safely recycled.”

The shredding truck has a camera mounted on the side where people can watch while their documents are shredded.

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The first free shredding day is tomorrow at the HPD Westside Station at 3203 S. Dairy Ashford.


Other monthly events scheduled:

Saturday, May 19, 2012
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
HPD North Station
9455 West Montgomery Road
Houston 77088

Saturday, June 23, 2012
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kingwood Metro Park and Ride
3210 West Lake Houston Parkway
Kingwood 77339

Saturday, July 28, 2012
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
HPD Eastside Station
7525 Sherman
Houston 77012

Saturday, August 11, 2012
a.m. – 1 p.m.
HPD Clear Lake Station
2855 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston 77058

For more information about the City’s Identity Theft Prevention Initiative, contact the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office at 832.393.0955 or visit,


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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