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

April 06, 2010

DAYTON, OHIO, March 26, 2010 - Your Better Business Bureau invites Miami Valley residents to BBB Secure Your ID Day presented by Butler Heating & Air Conditioning Company on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at PNC Mortgage, corner of SR 741 and Lyons Rd., Miamisburg. Residents and 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 as well as CDs and floppy discs. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.

“Properly destroying documents that carry information you don’t want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it doesn’t end there,” said John North, BBB president and CEO. “That’s 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.”

Last year alone, 11.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $54 billion, according to a 2010 report from Javelin Strategy and Research.

BBB Secure Your ID Day Details

Who: Better Business Bureau with sponsors - Butler Heating and Air Conditioning Company, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Glawe Awnings and Tents, WHIO-TV and Dayton Business Journal - and national partner the National Association for Information Destruction.

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

When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: PNC Mortgage, corner of SR 741 and Lyons Rd., Miamisburg

Bring 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, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.

As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2009 alone, your BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 133 sites across the country shred 1.3 million pounds of sensitive documents—all for free. Locally, your BBB shredded more than 28,000 pounds of sensitive material last year at its two events. For more information on BBB Secure Your ID Day and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit

“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added John North. “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.”

About Your BBB Serving Dayton and the Miami Valley

Your BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses earning 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, 126 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring nearly 4 million local and national businesses and charities. Your BBB serving Dayton and the Miami Valley serves Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby and northern Warren counties. Please visit for more information about your BBB.