BBB Event Offers Free Identity Theft Protection Guidelines And On-Site Document Shredding: BBB Invites Community To Take Part In National Secure Your ID Day
March 25, 2009

DAYTON, OHIO, March 25, 2009 - Your Better Business Bureau invites you to BBB Secure Your ID Day. It’ll be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive documents. BBB staff will be onsite to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection. In an effort to help save our environment, the material collected and shredded will be taken to a local recycling facility.

"Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important step, but it doesn’t end there," said John North, BBB president and CEO. "That’s why BBB experts will also be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off."

Last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according to a 2008 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes the majority (56 percent) of ID theft occurs when the thief has direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.

"This is largely a crime of access," John added. "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 BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft."

The last BBB Secure Your ID Day event yielded the largest single-day consumer turnout of this kind in national history. Close to 13,000 pounds of sensitive documents were shredded by Confidential Material Destruction locally. Nationally, more than 710,000 pounds (355 tons) of materials were delivered for safe, responsible destruction.

BBB Secure Your ID Day Details

Who:

Your Better Business Bureau with national partner, the National Association for Information Destruction, and local sponsors, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Glawe Awnings and Tents, WHIO-TV and the Dayton Business Journal

What:

Free on-the-spot document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity

When:

Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:

Ervin J. Nutter Center 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton

Special Appearances:

Thanks to Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association, McGruff the Crime Dog will make a special appearance at the top of every hour

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

Contact your BBB for more information on Secure Your ID Day. Visit www.bbb.org or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.

About Your BBB

Your BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. Your BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 125 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than three million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about your BBB.

About NAID

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the nonprofit trade organization of the secure destruction industry. With over 1,200 member locations, NAID members provide secure destruction services to business and government across North America. www.naidonline.org

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