Get Your Unwanted Documents Ready For Our Secure Shred Event - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Get Your Unwanted Documents Ready For Our Secure Shred Event

Updated:

     This weekend might be the perfect time to go through some of your unwanted documents so that is all ready for next Friday's Secure Shred Event at KWQC. We are once again teaming up with Better Business Bureau, DHCU Community Credit Union and Cintas for the event. There are some do's and don'ts you'll want to keep in mind ahead of all the shredding that's all to help you protect yourself from identity theft.
      "Identity theft is on the rise, it's not going away, and it doesn't discriminate," said Melissa Brown, public relations officer for DHCU. We're all at risk, which is why getting rid of those unwanted or unused documents is so important. However, just ripping them up and throwing them out with the trash isn't enough.
     "You're information is still there, they can still piece it together and still use it. Your name, your address, any other important account information possibly. Social security numbers, you don't want that information out there," added Brown.
     Last year at KWQC we shredded more than 57,000 pounds or about 29 tons of paper.  That translates into the saving of 487 trees, 86 cubic yards of landfill, and saving you some hassle. "All they have to do is pull up to the studio, we'll take everything out for them and everything gets shredded right there on site."
     There are some best practices to go by. When going through everything recommended items to send to the shredder are things like bank and credit card statements, unwanted junk mail, old credit cards, old drivers license, identification forms that you don't need or things that are expired. Those have a lot of information that you don't think about. CD's or DVD's are excepted too.
     There are things you don't want to get in the mix. "There are things you need. Things that pertain to your house, any work done one your house, marriage license, divorce papers," said Brown.
     Remember to pick up one of the brown papers bags available at local DHCU Community Credit Union locations. Cintas is asking you bring documents in a brown paper bag this year. All you have to do is hand it over and watch as your documents are securely shredded on the spot and disposed of.
     Next Friday's event is from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the KWQC Broadcast Center on 805 Brady Street in Davenport. For more information on suggested shred items CLICK HERE.