Free Shredding Event at the United Center

June 24, 2011

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. What do you do to protect yourself?

For one thing, you should never just throw away any papers that contain important information about you; shred them.

If you don’t have a shredder, or a fire pit (click for that Chicago real estate story), then you should take advantage of a ‘Shred It & Forget It’ event this Saturday.

woman shredding in her homeOn June 25, the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, in conjunction with various government agencies, is hosting a free shredder day at the United Center in Chicago.

The event will take place in Parking Lot E from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can bring up to 10 boxes per person to shred.

There will also be an electronics recycling service, provided by Vintage Tech Recyclers, which will collect such items as TVs, monitors, laptops, PCs, servers, data storage devices, printers, fax/copy machines, cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras and game consoles.

Representatives from participating organizations will be at the event offering guidelines on how to keep your personal information safe.

Here are some suggestions on how long to keep sensitive documents:

*Keep all tax returns and supporting documentation for seven years. The IRS has three years from your tax-filing date to audit and six years to challenge a claim.

*Keep credit card statements for seven years if tax-related expenses are documented.

*Keep paycheck stubs for one year. Be sure to cross reference the paycheck stub to the W-2 form.

*Keep bank statements and cancelled checks for at least one year.

*Bills should be kept for one year or until the cancelled check has been returned. Receipts for large ticket items should be kept for insurance purposes.

*Home improvement receipts should be kept for six years or permanently.

*Items such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies, titles or wills should be kept permanently in a safety deposit box.

*If you are going to dispose of documents with sensitive information, be sure to SHRED!

Want your own shredder? A free home shredder will be given away every 15 minutes during Saturday’s event. Two shredders will also be given away online.

Visit chicagoshreds.com for more information on the event and to sign up to win your own shredder.

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