Security ShreddingResidents in Gillingham are being warned to be vigilant with their rubbish after it there been a reported rise in the number of bin bags in the area being tampered with.

It is believed that opportunists may be looking for information which they can use for identity theft.

Identity theft is when thieves use information about an individual to pretend to be that person.

They can then take out loans, and run up massive debts in that person’s name.

It is very easy to guard against, by ensuring that all documents containing information such as name, address and bank details, for example, are shredded.