The Horry County Sheriff’s Office is doing its part to protect residents against identity theft.
Partnering with AARP South Carolina and Shred Alert, the HCSO will host a shred event on May 3 at the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 Second Ave. in Conway.
The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public.
Residents are encouraged to bring up to three bags or boxes of old personal information to the mobile shredding truck located at the county government building.
Identity theft and fraud is when someone wrongfully takes and uses someone else’s personal data in a deceptive way, usually for economic gain. It’s been documented as being one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S.
Experts say one of the biggest ways to protect against identity theft is to shred personal information, and adopt a “need to know” approach to individual data. For instance, the more information one puts on their checks, such as a Social Security or phone number, the more chances that information could land in the hands of a criminal.
For more information on identity theft, go to the U.S. Department of Justice website at www.justice.gov/criminal.
Green Sea and Little River libraries get new hours
The Green Sea and Little River branches of the Horry County Memorial Library system will operate under new hours beginning April 8.
Green Sea’s branch will be open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Little River, the library’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call the Horry County Memorial Library at 248-1544.
Animal care center offering pet vaccination clinic
The Horry County Animal Care Center is offering a vaccination clinic on April 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Rabies and other vaccines will be available for $10. Additionally, pet microchipping is offered for $15.
Horry County offices closed for Good Friday
All Horry County offices, except for public safety, will be closed March 29 in observance of Good Friday.
Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government and Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses and others will be required to be present.