Houston mayor reveals document-shredding campaign

Houston remains a cut above the rest in many ways, including its employment, entertainment and housing opportunities. However, those who buy one of the homes for sale in Houston might notice less paper throughout the city, as Mayor Annise Parker recently unveiled a document-shredding initiative.

According to Ultimate Montrose, the metro will work with Houston's Data Shredding Services of Texas Inc. (DSS) to offer free document destruction opportunities. This campaign could help improve safety in the community, as the mayor anticipates it can be used to prevent identity theft.

This problem has been common in many American metros, and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics notes that 8.6 million citizens were victimized by identity theft between 2005 and 2010. However, Houston's new plan could help lower this risk to members of the community by effectively destroying confidential information.

Houston officials initially partnered with DSS four months ago, and the results have been incredible. To date, over 40,000 pounds of paper materials have been shredded since the two parties joined forces, the news source reports.

Local residents won't have to wait long to shred documents, as the next shredding event will take place August 11, 2012, at the Houston Police Department Southeast Station at 8300 Mykawa Road.