If you have documents with important information on them, getting rid of them safely could save your identity.
The shredding event is being hosted by the Better Business Bureau and Crimestoppers. The BBB says often times thieves can get ahold of your personal information in various ways, like during the Target data breach or the recent Iowa State data breach, but Jessie Schmidt, the director of the BBB South Dakota says by shredding your documents makes it more difficult for people to get their hands on information.
“Every day we know that people's important information is being compromised and so let's not make it any easier. Let's take the extra step to make sure we're not handing it out to someone on the corner. Let's us take care of it for you by securely shredding it,” Jessie Schmidt Director of Better Business Bureau South Dakota said.
The annual documents shred event is on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
“We've got three locations, we encourage people to gather their documents they don't want to throw in the trash and bring them out to us,” Schmidt said.
There will be a location on the corner of Louise Ave. and 57th St. at the MinnWest Bank Parking Lot, another at the ShopKo Parking Lot on 10th St. and Sycamore Ave., and the third at the Washington Pavilion parking lot off of Phillips Ave.
Volunteers from groups across Sioux Falls, like KELO-TV and the Boy Scouts, will be on hand to take your documents from your car. Dakota Data Shred and Good Shred, a division of Goodwill, will be doing the shredding. Both companies are certified to shred important documents. A suggested donation of $5.00 per box is being asked, that donation will support Crimestoppers of the Sioux Empire.
There are plenty of items you should shredding.
“Maybe you have old financial statements from an investment firm or financial institution, old credit card statements, old bank statements, maybe some old canceled checks. Us old school people might have some of those,” Schmidt said.
When you bring documents to the event make sure you tie them down securely. That way the papers won’t fly away in the wind. For more information on the event, click here.