The Fairfield Police Department's Shred Day on Saturday was a smashing -- make that a shredding -- success. When all was said and done, the Fairfield Police Explorers helped collect and shred roughly eight tons of documents.

One ton is equivalent to "22 huge trees," said Det. Belinda Papageorge, an adviser to Fairfield Explorer Post 279.

The Brookfield-based Secure Eco Shred shredder used Saturday turned all documents into confetti, according to Papageorge. From 9 a.m. to noon, there were lines of cars waiting. While the event spanned three hours, Papageorge said the Explorers had to spend an additional few hours shredding everything that was dropped off. Boxes as heavy as 35 pounds were shredded for $10.

Last year's event attracted about 40 vehicles. This year, "we had 40 cars by the time we opened," said Papageorge, who attributed the turn-out, more than anything, to signage around town. The next Shred Day is tentatively scheduled for October.

"I urge all residents and non-residents alike to taker advantage of this next opportunity to be able to secure your future by preventing anyone from accessing your personal information," police spokesman Sgt. Jim Perez said. "Identity theft is becoming an epidemic that is starting to penetrate all facets of our privacy.

-- Kirk Lang