WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Do you shred? You should. Fifty-six percent of identity theft victims had their ID stolen the old fashioned way--through the trash.

What you should shred: old pay stubs, checks, credit card and bank statements more than a year old, tax documents more than 3 years old, credit card offers and utility bills more than a year old.

Just know, not all shredders are created equal. See the strip cut shredder on the left? The strips make it easy for crooks to piece the info back together. The cross cut is what you want. It protects you much better.

Old Salem's Community Shred day is Friday, October 27th from 10 until 1pm in the parking lot of the Old Salem Visitors Center. It's $5 per paper bag.