Free Shred Day to Help Fight Identity Theft and Promote Prevention Awareness

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The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston, Copy Doctor, Tristar Document Shredding and South Post Oak Recycling are joining forces on Saturday, October 13th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide Houstonians the opportunity to shred documents and recycle used electronic devices for free. This event is aimed to help consumers fight identity theft and promote prevention and awareness.

The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston, Copy Doctor, Tristar Document Shredding and South Post Oak Recycling are joining forces on Saturday, October 13th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide Houstonians the opportunity to shred documents and recycle used electronic devices for free. This event is aimed to help consumers fight identity theft and promote prevention and awareness.

What is the safest way to dispose of old bank statements, tax records, credit card statements, and other out-of-date documents? Shred them. Because of potential identity theft, you should never just throw records away in the trash, but it can be difficult to adequately destroy a large number if papers at one time.

Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing crime of consumer fraud. The Federal Trade Commission reports over 9 million victims in each of the last three years, and Texas ranks 3rd in the amount of reported cases per capita.

“The best safeguard against personal identity theft is to regularly destroy confidential personal and business documents,” said Rex Baggett, Vice President of Copy Doctor. “As a business who handles millions of document copies each year, we want to educate our community about the safe handling and disposal of those documents. We also take our environmental responsibility seriously and want to be good stewards. The securely shredded documents are recycled by our partner company, Tristar Document Shredding.”

Tristar Document Shredding will be providing on site, secure shredding of sensitive and personal information at the Copy Doctor located at 3814 Bissonnet, Houston. Businesses or individuals may bring up to 200 pounds of paper (staples, paper clips and credit cards are okay).

Here are some tips on selecting items to shred:

  •     Keep your tax returns and all supporting documents for seven years. That includes any credit card statements used for tax-related expenses.
  •     Keep paycheck stubs for one year.
  •     Keep bank statements and cancelled checks for at least one year.
  •     Keep bills until the cancelled check has been returned.
  •     Keep bills for large ticket items for insurance purposes.
  •     Keep items such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies, titles or wills in a safety deposit box and do not destroy.

For the first time ever, computer and electronic recycling will also be available to consumers at no cost. If you need to dispose of an old PC or other electronic device the last thing you should do is send these items out with the weekly trash. Electronics waste is a growing problem. Not only does improper disposal increase your risk of identity theft, it can also introduce hazardous materials into the local environment. Recycling used electronic items is critical for preserving landfill space and for ensuring that hazardous materials used to make electronics are properly disposed of.

For more information call Copy Doctor at 713-661-9100.

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