Wednesday October 7, 2009
Fight identity theft and recycle confidential documents and materials
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway today urged Louisville residents to begin collecting documents and materials now for the annual free community shredding event at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Last year, more than 22 tons of material were shredded and recycled.
Residents are encouraged to bring personal and confidential documents to be shredded and recycled to help fight identity theft. There is no limit on the amount of material residents may bring. Businesses will not be allowed to participate in this event.
“I am pleased that we can provide this important public service to residents at no cost,” Abramson said. “The best way to fight identity theft is to destroy any materials containing names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers and account numbers.”
Items that can be brought for shredding include documents, discs, hard drives, credit cards and other confidential materials. All paper materials will be shredded on site and recycled to make materials such as compost, tissues, and toilet paper.
“Identity theft not only jeopardizes a person’s financial security, it can compromise their safety,” Conway said. “That’s why, as Attorney General, I have worked to strengthen Kentucky laws to protect consumers against identity theft and crimes that occur online. By taking advantage of our free shredding events, consumers can ensure that documents containing their personal information such as bank accounts, credit-card information or Social Security numbers, do not fall into the wrong hands.”
The event is made possible through the generosity of a local shredding company, Shred-It, by donating its services and equipment.
For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov or call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000.
Tips to prevent identity theft:
- Do not keep Social Security card in wallet or purse
- Do not put bills or checks in home mailbox for pickup
- Check credit reports, bank statements and credit-card statements often for irregularities
- Shred all documents with personal information
- Never give personal information to someone on the phone, Internet or email claiming to be your bank
- Do not store credit-card numbers on shopping websites
Victims of identity theft may obtain a tool kit from the Office of the Attorney General to assist in repairing credit, filing police reports and preparing sworn affidavits. The tool kit is available at www.ag.ky.gov/idtheft or by calling the Office of the Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline 1-800-804-7556.