This weekend, Gloucester County will bring out the big shredder.

County residents will be able to bring documents to the rear parking lot of Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Deptford, where an industrial-size shredder truck will be parked.

"Identity theft is a serious crime that can create huge problems for individuals that have worked hard to establish good credit. The shredding event offers residents an opportunity to safely and securely dispose of documents," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "As in years past, a convenient drive-thru system will be set up where people can drop off their documents, or if they prefer to take a few more minutes, residents can stay to observe their documents getting shredded."

The 3rd annual shredding event will take place Saturday , 8 a.m. to noon, at 1360 Tanyard Rd., Deptford.

The event is free and open to residents of Gloucester County. Law enforcement officials will be on hand to make sure all documents are properly disposed of.

Officials said shredding is a simple way to get rid of documents - including bills, financial statements and insurance forms - that contain personal information.

The shredding event is offered through a partnership of the Board of Freeholders, county Office of Consumer Protection, the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office and the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office. The shredding will be performed by DocuVault, of Thorofare. DocuVault and Signs Unlimited of National Park are co-sponsoring this event with the county.