With identity theft on the rise, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant and Town & Country Bank are pairing up to combat the crime.

Bryant said the sheriff's office receives reports almost daily from people who have become victims of identity theft.

"This problem is definitely on the rise," Bryant said. "People want to know how they can keep this from happening to them."

One of the ways Bryant said residents can prevent others from stealing their identity is by protecting personal information like birth dates, social security numbers and tax information.

Destroying documents containing this type of information is a good place to start. Bryant said it's not enough to simply throw away personal documents. Thieves aren't skittish and will dig through trash in search of documents that will help them assume someone else's identity.

And that's where Bryant and Town & Country Bank are teaming up.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, a shredding truck will be parked at Town & Country Bank, where residents can bring old and outdated documents to be shredded.

The event is free and open to the public.

"I hope people will bring documents they no longer need so they can be properly destroyed," Bryant said. "Shredding private information is one of the best ways to prevent identity theft from happening."