You can never be too careful. Identity thieves are everywhere.
They don’t even have to hack your phone or computer. They can easily find all they need to know in your trash.
Their annual Shred Day is Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Comerica Park. It’s free and designed to help raise awareness for identity theft protection.
Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Michigan is the top-ranked state and the Detroit, Warren and Dearborn area are ranked the third largest metropolitan area on the consumer complaints list for reporting identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2016 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book.
“At Comerica, we know how important it is to secure financial and personal information to protect your identity and Shred Day provides the metro Detroit community an opportunity to dispose of vulnerable documents properly,” says Patricia McCann, vice president and employee volunteer program manager for Comerica Bank.
Sensitive documents containing addresses, social security numbers, financial information, etc. that are no longer needed should be destroyed.
Iron Mountain will shred paper documents onsite using mobile shredding units or live shredding trucks.
By bringing your documents to the event you will also be helping the environment – another big plus. The shredded paper will be turned into pulp and recycled. In addition, Re-Source Partners will collect electronics such as computer systems and accessories, handheld devices and office equipment for recycling.
Last year, Comerica Bank collected 829,094 pounds of paper at Shred Day events held across the country – enough to cover the Comerica Park infield almost 3,000 sheets of paper deep or enough to cover the entire Comerica Park playing field more than 500 times.
You’ll also be able to help those less fortunate. Gleaners Community Food Bank will collect nonperishable food items during the event as well. Everyone is encouraged to give back while protecting their identity.
Comerica Park is located at 2100 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.
For more information and a complete list of prohibited items, please visit www.comerica.com/ShredDay.