It’s shredding time again.

It’s time to gather all those old tax returns, bank statements and anything else with personal information that would be dangerous in someone else’s hands and take it to Bear’s Den Exxon at Salem and Dave Ward Drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a massive shredding.

The free shredding event is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau.

BBB statistics say that 56 percent of identity theft victims traced the theft to something that was stolen from their own possession.

So the BBB mantra is: "If you don’t need it, shred it responsibly."

There will be a second location for shredding in Quitman at Nestlehut Insurance, 5725 Heber Springs Road West.

The BBB shredded and recycled 33.5 tons of sensitive documents in April, said Mike Rohrer, director of communications and marketing. "We’re hoping for 38 tons shredded and recycled this month.

"Identity theft is most often a crime of opportunity. By that, we mean if you make it hard for someone to steal your identity, the thief will move on to an easier target," Rohrer said.

Rohrer’s contact information is 501-664-4888 ext 121 or e-mail mrohrer@arkansas.bbb.org.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234.)