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Community event shreds documents to protect against identity theft

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Published on: Monday, December 05, 2011

By Danielle Burns

NBC-4 in Washington, PNG Bank, Prince George’s County government, Prince George’s County Community College and Shred-It hosted the sixth Community Shred Saturday at Prince George’s Community College.

The program encourages community members to bring in papers they would like to shred. Each person could bring five archive boxes or trash bags of paper to be shredded and recycled for free.

This event was created to encourage people to shred their documents in order to avoid identity theft.

Up to 9 million Americans have their identity stolen every year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Most identities are stolen through paper documents. Shredding sensitive information is the best way to avoid identity theft.

Documents that should be shredded to guard against identity theft include bills, bank statements and pay check stubs. Expired credit cards and identification cards should be shredded as well. Any documents that state your address, social security number, passwords, pin numbers, driver’s license numbers and medical information should also be shredded.

Shred-It is a global company that works with businesses to help protect private information by safely and securely shredding sensitive documents and other items on which sensitive information is stored.

NBC Washington and PNG Bank hold these events throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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