(Oct 22, 2013 – Springfield, Mo.) Better Business Bureau’s semi-annual Secure Your ID Day was held October 19 and was attended by nearly 700 vehicles, safely destroying more than 35,000 pounds of paper material.
The steady flow of consumers and businesses brought both new and returning participants to the event held in the Great Southern Bank Operations Center on south Glenstone. Participants were provided with information from the event sponsors as well as BBB and the FTC.
An electronics drive, provided by Computer Recycling Center in Springfield contributed to the safe destruction and recycling of nearly 4,000 pounds of electronics. Consumers and businesses were encouraged to drop off laptops, hard drives and cell phones they no longer needed. Devices dropped off at the event included: 89 computers, 21 hard drives, 34 laptops, and 99 cell phones.
“We are honored to be able to again provide this service free of charge to the community with the goal of promoting identity protection,” said Judy Mills, president and CEO of BBB serving Southwest Missouri. “The fact that this event continues to grow means there is an ever-lasting need for a safe way to destroy sensitive materials both print and digital.”
Cintas Document Management was again on hand to safely destroy more than 35,000 pounds of material on-site. The material is then recycled by the company into various paper products.
According to a 2012 report from Javelin Strategy and Research, more than 12 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $21 billion. The study found that there is one victim of ID theft every three seconds in the United States. According to the Federal Trade Commission there were 4,505 victims of Identity Theft in Missouri in 2012.
BBB will be holding its next Secure Your ID Day on April 26. To be added to the organization’s reminder e-mail list please call 417-380-5075.
For more information on the event please call 417-862-4222.