Protect Your Identity at Free Shredding Event

June 03, 2011

Last night, some friends and I lit a fire pit in the backyard of my Chicago real estate, and for kindling, we used important papers that were intended to be shredded.

According to the F.B.I., identity theft is the fastest-growing white-collar crime in the country and costs the nation more than $45 billion a year.

In Illinois, it is estimated that more than 10,000 residents are annually affected by identity theft. It is imperative that you protect yourself and your home by getting rid of any unnecessary financial documents before they get into the wrong hands.

fire pit with documents burning

Don't buy a shredder. Get a fire pit instead or head to Liberty Bank on a Shredding Day and protect your identity.

If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a fire pit in your backyard (I’m not, it’s a friend’s), and you don’t have a shredder sitting around your home, then pack up your papers and head to Liberty Bank for a free Shredding Day.

Liberty Bank is hosting free document shredding throughout the summer at different branch locations. You can bring up to 25 pounds to be shredded. There is no charge to do this and reservations are not required.

The next free Shredding Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 at Liberty Bank, 6210 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

If you can’t make this one, keep these other summer dates in mind:

*June 18 — Liberty Bank, 7111 W. Foster Ave., Chicago

*July 16 — Liberty Bank, 2392 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

*Aug. 13 — Liberty Bank, 6666 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood

For more information, visit LibertyBank.com.

By the way, if you only have the budget for a shredder and really want the fire pit, I have now given you a good reason to go for the latter.

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Thank you for another great article. I have long been an advocate of shredding and recycling. Burning isn’t a bad idea either. For all of the problems in the mortgage industry, identity theft is not one of them. There is good everywhere, we just don’t hear about it.

Brian Hayes

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