How many times have you thrown away your bank receipts, car payment bills, or credit card statements? If you have, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans do it each day, giving identity thieves a chance to strike. So rather than toss those papers in the trash, shred them instead.
It only takes a second for a thief to steal your information. It also, only takes a second for you to shred it. Theft by strangers can happen at your home and they don't have to break into your house to do it. All they need is access to your mailbox or trash.
One out of every 20 Americans falls victim to Identity theft each year. Bruce Melton is with AG Edwards in Sherman. He says most businesses are taking the necessary precautions, “There are instances where people may have undeliverable mail that has got sensitive data on it. We might change an account number because of that.” But that’s not enough. So AG Edwards, along with the city of Sherman joined forces Saturday, for the “Don’t Regret It, Shred It” Event.
Melton says, “In this day and time, it’s so important to protect documents from ID theft. Other offices around the country offer events like this and it's a popular way of disposing documents in a safe manor.”
This event is safe, because what is shred, is done right before your eyes. That way you can rest assure your information is kept private.
Larry Simpson is just one of many who came out to take advantage of the free shredding event. He says, “We had a lot of personal information that accumulated over the years, and we decided to shred it. It’s things you don't put in everyday mail.”
But they weren't the only ones. Melton says, “There have been a lot of tax returns, statements, anything company numbers, social security numbers, with sensitive data that can be used against them.”
If you missed out on this event, AG Edwards does plan on holding another one. The time and place have not been announced yet.