Shredding the past to protect your future April 26, 2014 at 11:50 PM CDT - Updated July 27 at 7:00 AM Nearly 370,000 identity theft claims were reported to the United States in 2012. The Federal Trade Commission says it's the single largest complaint they see almost every year. To help make sure people in our area don't become a victim, the Better Business Bureau hosted a "Shred It" day The annual event allows people to get rid of personal documents in a way that makes it much harder for anyone to steal your identity. Hundreds stopped by the free event to get rid of personal paperwork. The BBB suggests keeping personal information stored away in a safe location before shredding it.