Saskatoon

Saskatoon police hope free hard-drive shredding event will keep people's information safe

People with aging hard drives, servers or smart phones in Saskatoon will soon be able to get rid of them safely free of charge.

Police holding shredding event this week at Saskatoon headquarters

The Saskatoon Police Service is hosting an event this week where people can shred old hard drives to prevent their data from getting into the wrong hands. (whiteMocca / Shutterstock)

People with aging hard drives, servers or smart phones in Saskatoon will soon be able to get rid of them safely free of charge.

The Saskatoon Police Service's economic crime unit is holding a free electronics shredding day at its headquarters on Thursday.

"Police services, not just here in Saskatoon, but throughout the nation, have seen an increase in electronic disclosure of personal information, whether it's through scams or frauds, or whatnot," said Staff Sgt. Tony Nadon.

The SPS is partnering with the provincial Electronics Recycling Association, which will bring its special shredding machine to destroy any old devices.

The machine can be used to destroy hard drives, data tapes, servers and smart phones.

"These days, it's becoming easier and easier to access information from electronics," said Nadon.

"Once it's smashed up into thousands of small pieces and then mixed with other small pieces, it would be virtually unrecognizable."

Saskatoon police are also partnering with a document shredding company that will shred documents like tax returns at the event.

The event will take place Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. CST in the SPS gymnasium.

People will be asked to wear a mask and follow physical distancing guidelines.

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