VACAVILLE — Residents who want to protect their personal information can shred their personal and business documents from 10 a.m. to noon March 9 at the Travis Credit Union headquarters, One Travis Way, during a free community event hosted by Travis Credit Union and Security-Shred Inc.
Representatives will be on hand to offer free on-the-spot document shredding and advice for how to protect your personal information from identity thieves.
Solano County residents and small businesses can bring up to five boxes of documents. E-waste materials, such as obsolete computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, cellphones and PDAs, can be dropped off for recycling at the event.
Last year, 8.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according to the press announcement from Travis Credit Union. It noted that 56 percent of ID theft occurred when the thief had direct contact with the victim’s personal information through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a mailbox or trash can, or stealing documents from a home or office.
“This is largely a crime of access,” Travis Credit Union President and CEO Patsy Van Ouwerkerk said in the announcement. “Our goal here is to make personal information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.”
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