The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and its partners will hold their annual Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, April 20th, in Solon and Westlake. Residents and small 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.
"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," said BBB President, David Weiss. "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."
According to Javelin Strategy & Research, "2012 identity fraud incidents increased by more than one million victims and fraudsters stole more than $21 billion, the highest amount since 2009. The study found 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the United States in the past year, which equates to 1 victim every 3 seconds."
BBB Event Details:
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Cleveland with Rad Air Complete Car Care, All Ohio Secure Shred and Consumer Credit Counseling Service/Apprisen Financial Advocates
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity.
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Rad Air Complete Car Care, 6221 Som Center Ave. Solon AND 27051 Detroit Rd. Westlake.
Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.
"Identity theft is largely a crime of access," added Weiss. "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."