Better Business Bureau Hosts Most Successful ‘Secure Your ID’ Day

  
     
BBB Event Draws Largest Crowd on Record for ID Theft Prevention and Recycling Efforts
May 07, 2014

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Michigan and its partners Cintas and Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP), Fox2 and Greenpath Debt Solutions today announced their most successful ‘Secure Your ID’ Day event, held on April 26, 2014. The event was the largest in history for BBB of Eastern Michigan.

More than 1300 cars packed the BBB parking lot to take advantage of document destruction and electronics recycling services - helping to protect them from potential identity theft while also protecting the environment.

Being certain that private, sensitive documents are managed in a safe and protected manner is imperative as ID theft has become the fastest growing crime in the world. In fact, ID theft has risen from roughly 500,000 victims in 2012 to more than 1.3 million victims in 2013, making this event essential to the security of local citizens.

Consumers also generously donated funds to the BBB Educational Foundation that funds many consumer facing programs such as the Senior Scene, LifeSmarts Teen Challenge and BBB Military Line®.

Overall, the BBB hosted event saw the following results:

  • 1,315 cars served
  • $2,140 donated to the BBB Educational Foundation
  • 42,590 pounds/21 tons of paper shredded by Cintas
  • 20,000 pounds electronic waste recycled by GEEP

In addition, document shredding at the event saved the equivalent of:

  • 362 trees
  • 64 cubic yards of landfill
  • 43 barrels of oil
  • 149,065 gallons of water

“I attended this event for the first time and I want to say hats off to your whole team for a first class job. I truly appreciate the service you performed and the friendly and organized way you provided it. I can’t say enough about this event. Bottom line – job well done to your staff,” stated a Secure Your ID attendee.

The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan will host its next ‘Secure Your ID’ Day shred event on October 11, 2014. Please visit our calendar for other upcoming BBB events at http://www.bbb.org/detroit/news-events/lists/events/ .

About Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting trust in the marketplace by assisting in the protection of consumers and businesses from fraud and unethical business practices. In addition to its recognized dispute resolution services, BBB maintains business reviews on the customer service history of more than 85,000 local businesses and provides consumer education materials on numerous topics. BBB provides its services free to the public and its service territory stretches across Eastern Michigan from Ann Arbor through Metropolitan Detroit, Lansing, Flint, upward to Alpena, and covers the entire Upper Peninsula of the state.