A unique event to help residents shred sensitive documents will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Central Avenue Constituent Services Center, 4301 S. Central Ave.

Sponsored by the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the office of Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price (Ninth District), the event is designed to help protect residents against the growing threat of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that identify theft complaints increased by as much as 47 percent last year. California residents reported almost 350,000 cases of identity theft to the FTC in 2015.

Both the AARP and Price caution residents to not place sensitive documents in the trash bin. Instead, shred them or cut them into small pieces to ward against identity theft. Tax season presents the perfect opportunity for scammers to find account numbers, medical records, etc. to steal your identity.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams,” a month-long series of events in communities nationwide underway through May 16.