BBB Offers Free On-Site Document Shredding and Identity Theft Prevention Tips

  
     
October 04, 2016

BBB invites community to take part in “Secure Your ID” Day

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will hold their annual “Secure Your ID” Day. This year the event has been expanded to two days. BBB invites the Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia community to BBB “Secure Your ID” DayFriday, October 14 at Scenic Community Credit Union, 4503 Hixson Pike, andSaturday, October 15, at Lee Corners, intersection of Lee Hwy and Hwy 153.  Consumers and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents. New this year, consumers may also bring 2 each disk hard drives to be shred. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.

“Properly destroying documents that include information you do not want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it does not end there,” said Jim Winsett, BBB President.  “That is why BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”  In 2015 alone, 13.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $15 billion.

BBB “Shred Day” Event Details

Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia

What:  Free on-the-spot document shredding and educational tips and resources for protecting your identity.

When: Friday, October 14, at Scenic Community Credit Union, 9 AM to Noon

Where: 4503 Hixson Pike

When: Saturday, October 15, from 9 AM to Noon

Where:  Lee Corners, Intersection of Lee Hwy and Hwy 153

Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, and paper clips, are okay to be shredded.

As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2015 alone, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 112 sites across the country shred 3 million pounds of sensitive documents—all for free.  For more information on BBB “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit: www.chattanooga.bbb.org .

“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added Winsett.  “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.  With community-based BBB’s across North America collaborating simultaneously, we will have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach many people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.” 

Partners for this event are Scenic Community Credit Union, Shred IT, Resource1, and Nova Copy. Media partners are Chattanooga Times Free Press, Cumulus Broadcasting, Brewer Media, and Bahakel Communications.

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