BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's the fastest growing crime across the nation. Every year millions of people are effected by identity theft. That's why leaders are making sure people in Mississippi are protected from identity thieves.
It's as easy as pressing a button. Shredding important documents is key to preventing thieves from stealing your identity.
"You almost want to think that you're not important enough to have to take that step, but we find that on a regular basis that it's the average citizen that's having this problem," said Ray Carter with the Secretary of State's Office.
"If your identity is stolen, it can cause you problems for several years to come," said Linda Carter with the Attorney General's office.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime. That's why the leaders from the offices of the Secretary of Sate and the Attorney General are continuing their campaign to protect your identity.
"It's not so much that people are looking to get financial information to get finances of the victims," said Carter. "They are creating a financial identity for themselves or simply to have another alias for some reason."
Dozens of people stopped by the Wal-Mart in D'Iberville for the third annual Shred-it day.
"We brought a total of four bags. We came earlier and brought some and went back home and found some more stuff over the past years," said Robbie Cox.
Cox is a retired sheriff's officer. He says he knows all about the dangers of identity theft.
"If somebody gets your information, they've charged thousands or hundreds of thousands of stuff on you, and it's something that's really hard to get fixed," said Cox.
The growing crime is making people think twice before they throw out the trash. Instead, they're shredding paperwork in hopes of protecting their name and their families from the likes of identity thieves.