Three Resources to Protect Yourself

September 08, 2011

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. Are you protecting yourself?

Last year alone, more than 8 million consumers were victims of identity theft. One good way to protect yourself from becoming a target is to shred any and all unwanted but important documents that list personal information.

For ideas on how long to keep sensitive documents before shredding, see our story at Chicago Real Estate Forum.

Then get ready to shred. Here are two free shredding events coming to the Chicago area.

On Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will host its annual Shredder Day 2011 in the Jewel/Kmart parking lot in the 1300 block of North Ashland.

You can bring up to three boxes of documents to the event to shred for free.

There will also be electronic recycling. While no household appliances will be accepted, other electronics will be, including computers and computer components, laptops, monitors, printers, fax machines, TVs, VCRs, DVD and MP3 players, video game consoles, cell phones and video equipment.

For more information on this event, click here.

On Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois will host its annual “Shred It and Forget It” event at West Suburban Bank, 8001 S. Cass Avenue, in Darien.

Here you can bring up to 10 boxes of documents per vehicle. Electronics recycling will be available as well.

Also at the event; home shredders will be given away, and representatives from several organizations will be on hand to offer guidelines on how to keep your personal information safe.

For more information on the event, visit

Finally, a new website has been designed to help homeowners and renters protect themselves against identity theft.

The Consumer Federation of America this week launched

The nonprofit group created the site for consumers looking to prevent identity theft and for those who are already victims of identity theft. It also provides the best practices for ID theft services.

Protect yourself from identity theft before it happens, and hope it never does.

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