“Secure Your ID” Day on Saturday, April 18, 2009
Better Business Bureau (BBB) and its sponsors KETV, Shred-It and Methodist Health System invites the Omaha metro community to its second “Secure Your ID” Day on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 85th & West Dodge Rd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Residents and businesses are again encouraged to attend and take advantage of another opportunity to protect their identity.
BBB Secure Your ID Day Details:
Who: BBB Serving Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding, tips and resources for protecting your identity
When: Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Methodist Health System at 8511 West Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE
"Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important step, but it doesn’t end there,” said Jim Hegarty, BBB president and CEO. “That’s why BBB staff will also be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off. The first rule in identity protection is ‘If you don’t need it, dispose it responsibly’.”
Last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according to a 2008 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that the majority (56 percent) of ID theft occurs when the thief has direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trash can, or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.
“This is largely a crime of access,” added Mr. Hegarty. “Our goal is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft!”
Those interested in this free event may bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders.