Better Businesses Bureau (bbb.org) serving Eastern North Carolina announces today its spring “Secure Your ID” Day event will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014. It will include document shredding, collection of computers and hard-drives for secure destruction, electric/electronics recycling and identity protection tips. The event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the parking lot of Coastal Federal Credit Union (1000 St. Albans Drive) and Lafayette Village (8480 Honeycutt Road) in front of the Executive Office Suites.
In the 2014 Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy & Research, it states that in 2013 more than 13 million consumers experienced identity fraud. This is the second highest level on record. As the numbers increase, it is reported that one incident of identity fraud occurs every three seconds.
“Shredding paper documents is a key way to protect an individual’s identity. With the evolution in the digital world, however, thieves are no longer just following paper trails. It is more important than ever to be destroying and recycling electronics and our free event is the perfect opportunity to do just that,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “After last year’s successful addition of the Lafayette Village location, we look forward to providing even more Triangle consumers with a safe way to dispose of their sensitive documents and electronics at the spring 2014 event.”
During the event, local partners Coastal Federal Credit Union, Executive Office Suites at Lafayette Village, ProShred, A Shred Ahead and GEEP will be on hand educating consumers on protecting their identity. Individuals are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents that have been removed from binders and up to five electric/electronic devices, such as computers, cell phones, tablets or TVs, as well as printers, fax machines, vacuums, dvd/cd players, microwaves and toasters or similar products.
The October 2013 event had more than 1,000 participants. Nearly 15,000 lbs of electronics were safely recycled, as well as nearly 40,000 lbs of documents were shredded. To date, the semi-annual “Secure Your ID” Day events have securely destroyed nearly 190,000 lbs of sensitive documents and 34,000 lbs of electronics. Additional event information is available at www.bbbshred.org.