Event Helped Hundreds Fight Identity Theft

June 10, 2014

Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland provided 303 Frederick area families and businesses with free document destruction at its inaugural Shred Day at Harry Grove Stadium a few weeks ago. The free event was expanded after years of success hosting similar events in other Maryland counties. 

"The citizens of Frederick were extremely receptive to BBB's tips and assistance to reduce identity theft," said Angie Barnett, president/CEO, BBB serving Greater Maryland. "Our event started at 8 am, but by 7:30, we already had a line of people anxious for our help." 

Cintas Document Management, who maintains an AAA Certification with the National Association for Information Destruction, averted approximately 15,000 lbs of personal, financial and other documents from the possibility of finding their way the hands of identity thieves. Cintas supplied certified staff and three mobile shred trucks equipped with cameras, so attendees could watch as documents were reduced to confetti that would eventually be recycled.   

Michael Evans, a BBB board member and chief underwriting officer with Frederick Mutual Insurance Company, remarked, "I volunteered to remove the boxes from the cars and dump the contents into the shredder trucks. After about the first half hour, we had an assembly line system working.  We had three stations and we were staffed to handle three cars at the same time."

"Maryland consistently ranks in the top 10 states with the most reported complaints for identity theft and fraud," said Barnett. "BBB is delighted the community took advantage of this free event. Everyone who came out to Shred Day is less likely to become victim of fraud."

BBB Shred Day was sponsored by Cintas Document Management, the Frederick News Post and Nymeo. The organization is working on plans to bring the event back to Frederick in the spring of 2015.