May 15, 2023
Fraud is a frequent and ongoing threat to both businesses and consumers. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there were over 1.1 million reports of identity theft received through the FTC’s IndentityTheft.gov website in 2022. Securely shredding papers with confidential and personal information is still one of the best ways businesses and individuals can help protect data from information thieves.
While many businesses support a culture of information security to help teach their employees about data protection, promoting information security in the community can also be beneficial. Hosting a Community Shred-it® event spotlights physical data security, which can positively impact everyone involved.
Community Shred-it® events raise awareness about identity theft and fraud by reminding community members about the importance of securely destroying documents, which contain personal information. Shred-it®, a Stericycle solution, partners with organizations across North America to host local shredding events where anyone can bring their documents for destruction. Some of our events also partner with local charities and collect donations for a worthy cause.
On a specified day, a mobile paper shredding truck (there could be more than one depending on the size of the community and anticipated number of participants) will park in an easy-to-access location, such as a shopping center parking lot, and community members bring confidential and personal documents for destruction. Documents can include old tax documents, junk mail, photos, unnecessary receipts, old bills, and more.
Recently, during Earth Month, Stericycle hosted a community shredding event at its Bannockburn, Illinois, corporate office. Employees and the public were invited to bring in their documents. Stericycle collected, shredded, and recycled approximately 1,500 pounds of paper from this event.
If you want to host a Community Shred-it® event, contact a Shred-it® Sales Representative at 877-542-3992. Shred-it® wants each event to be successful and is happy to support host companies with resources and marketing materials.
Contact us today to learn more about how Shred-it® can help you protect your business from fraud with our secure document and hard drive destruction services.