Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, April 21, in Fargo and Bismarck.

A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes.

The Fargo event will be held in the west parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S.

The Bismarck event will be held in the south parking lot at the Gateway Mall, 2700 State St.

Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.

Take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs.

This free shredding event is sponsored by AARP North Dakota, MinnKota EnviroServices, Sure Shred, The Bismarck Tribune and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Gateway Mall and West Acres Shopping Center.

Please Note: If the shredding trucks fill to capacity before 12 noon, you will still have the opportunity to securely dispose of your documents in secure bins provided by Sure Shred and MinnKota EnviroServices. Those documents will be shred at the shredding company’s plant.

Sign up for Fraud Watch Network Alerts

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is designed to give you access to information to help you protect yourself, your family and friends from identity theft and fraud. It’s free and open to both AARP members and non-members of any age.

By joining the AARP Fraud Watch Network, you will learn the most effective ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from identity theft and fraud. Sign up by calling our Fraud Watch Network Hotline toll-free at 1-877-908-3360, and have your email address added to the Fraud Watch distribution list. You can also sign up online at www.aarp.org/FraudWatchNetwork.

We are encouraging AARP members in North Dakota to sign up to receive email from AARP North Dakota about upcoming events and other news. Go to http://www.aarp.org/yes2emailND. If you don’t already have an account on the AARP website, you’ll have to create one (by entering a user name and password) before you can opt in to receive our email.

You’ll receive emails about upcoming events such as lunch and learns, Movies for Grownups, and free document shredding. We’ll also periodically send you an email with other news from AARP North Dakota, such as volunteer opportunities, efforts to stop utility rate increases, and our advocacy work on behalf of North Dakotans 50 and older.

So, please opt in to receive our emails and be among the first to know about our upcoming events in your area.