BBB to host free shredding event in Colorado Springs

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identity-theft2The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, along with its community partners, is hosting a free “letter rip” event from 10 a.m.-2p.m. Aug. 15  at Security Service Field located at 4385 Tutt Blvd. The event is designed to ensure the general public has an opportunity properly dispose sensitive documents to prevent potential identity theft.

The BBB is teaming up with accredited businesses KKTV, Bestway Disposal, Mobile Record Shredders and American Furniture Warehouse on this initiative.

People are invited to bring bank statements, financial documents, old paychecks, bank receipts, medical bills or any other items to be shredded. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to support the BBB’s scholarship fund. With every dollar donated, American Furniture Warehouse will match a dollar.

Mobile Record Shredders’ staff will manage all of the shredding logistics by pulling out and separating documents, boxes and folders prior to shredding.

Letter shredding is important, and many people don’t properly discard their personal paperwork such as bank records and dated tax materials, according to the BBB of Southern Colorado. This creates vulnerability to identity theft. There are countless accounts where thieves will sift through trash receptacles or recycling bins and take advantage of people’s information, and shredding is the safest way to keep criminals from obtaining personal information, according to a BBB of Southern Colorado news release.