November 12, 2014
If your New Year’s resolution involves ridding your life of something once and for all, check out the 2014 Good Riddance Day event.
The event is part of the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City. Shred-it is parking one of its mobile shredding trucks in Times Square and inviting people to ceremoniously dispose of their most ‘forgettable memories’ on paper and watch as it’s securely shredded and permanently destroyed.
Shredding a picture of your ex, a copy of a final mortgage payment, or even a hospital bill following a significant health event, is a great way to put that memory behind you and get a fresh start to the new year.
It’s also a good reminder of the importance of securely destroying confidential information when it is no longer needed – in the rest of your life. That’s all about protecting personally identifiable information from identity thieves.
Identity theft is the unauthorized collection and use of personal information such as Social Security numbers, health numbers, financial accounts, and passwords, usually for criminal purposes. It’s one of the fastest growing crimes today.
According to Javelin’s latest Identity Fraud Report, in 2013 there were 13.1 million victims of identity fraud.
Identity Theft Resource Center statistics show over 621 incidents were reported and 77,890,487 records exposed in 2014.
How can consumers protect their private information?
For a fresh start in 2015, why not enter the Good Riddance Day contest.
Contestants must submit a short description of what they would like to say ‘good riddance’ to this year, by November 24.
Judges from Shred-it, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment will determine the winner.
The winner will be the official ‘First to Shred’ at Good Riddance Day December 28 in Times Square. The grand prize includes travel and accommodations for two to New York City, and tickets to the official New Year’s Eve 2015 Party in Times Square.
Enter the contest here.