Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Free Document Shredding Initiative's First Anniversary Marks Thousands of Houstonians Served
Next Monthly Free Document Shredding & ID Theft Prevention Event Scheduled for April 27



April 23, 2013 -- The Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, Houston Police Department and corporate partner Data Shredding Services of Texas (DSS) celebrate the first anniversary of the City's Free Document Shredding and ID Theft Prevention initiative.  Launched last April, the monthly events held at different locations throughout the city, have provided free shredding services for thousands of Houston residents.  In the last year, DSS has contributed its services, safely and securely disposing of more than 78,070 pounds of confidential paper documents.


"Identity theft is a growing concern," said Mayor Annise Parker.  "Everyone must be vigilant in protecting personal information.  Shredding your documents is an excellent way to protect yourself and your family."


The events also offer an opportunity for residents to receive printed information and talk to HPD officers about steps they can take to prevent identity theft.  On-site shredding is designed to serve individual residents and is intended for paper materials only.


The next free document shredding event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8 a.m to 12 noon at Houston Police Officers' Union Hall, 1600 State Street, Houston, TX 77007. 

Future monthly events will be held at various locations to serve residents in neighborhoods throughout the city.  Dates and locations will be announced soon.


For more information, contact Anna Pena with Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office at or 832.393.0955.  To learn more about this initiative, visit