Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry began offering an extra bit of credit protection to county residents April 25 when he announced the launch of the "credit shield anti-theft program."
As part of the program, Barry is offering special "credit shields," which can be slipped over credit cards, to residents of Summit County while supplies last.
"The credit shields will help people safeguard against criminals trying to obtain their personal information," according to the sheriff's Facebook page. "The shields block the scanners used by identity thieves to steal personal and credit information from unwitting victims."
The free shields will be distributed by deputies and can also be picked up at district offices of the Summit County Sheriff's Department. Shields are limited to one per county resident.
"We have a few thousand available, but the demand has been very high so they will go fast," Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland said April 25. "They are mostly used as a shield in someone's pocket, purse or wallet."
According to the Summit County Sheriff's Department Facebook page, residents can call 330-643-5455, leave their names and address and a shield will be mailed to them.