Secure Your Identity at BBB’s Free Community Shredding Event

March 15, 2017

syid logoProperly shredding and disposing of sensitive, personal documents is a critical measure when it comes to protecting your identity. Unfortunately, many of those that have had their identity stolen have been able to trace it back to something that was taken from their possession. A good rule of thumb to follow, if you don’t need it, shred it. Better Business Bureau of Central New England can help you get rid of those old documents for free, at our community shredding event on April 22, 2017 from 9-11am at the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 Hall of Fame Drive, Springfield, MA.

Businesses and consumers are invited to take advantage of this free community event. Bring up to 5 bags or boxes of paper documents for shredding. ProShred Security will be onsite with their shredding mobile to safely destroy your personal documents in front of your eyes. “Safely disposing of your outdated and unneeded sensitive documents ensures that the information won’t end up the wrong hands,” said Nancy B. Cahalen, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central New England. “This nationwide BBB event encourages the public to take proactive measure to keep their identity secure.”

Don’t know what to shred and what to keep? Here is a quick guideline:

  • Keep for Three Years: Bank statements, expired insurance policies, employment applications
  • Keep for Seven Years: Invoices, cancelled stock certificates, payroll records, withholding statements
  • Keep Permanently: Deeds, mortgages, tax returns, audit reports, insurance records, legal correspondence, property records

BBB’s retention schedule can help you organize your documents efficiently.

Better Business Bureau is dedicated to protecting consumers and businesses alike. This shredding event is being held as part of a larger national BBB Secure Your ID Day effort. Staff will be available to answer questions about preventing identity theft and to provide resources for victims. BBB would like to thank ProShred Security, The Basketball Hall of Fame and The Republican for supporting this important initiative.