COLUMBIA — Even though its only been open for fewer than 90 days, the Better Business Bureau in Columbia is already thinking big.
The branch is hosting a free "Shred Day" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for any companies or members of the public interested in disposing of old bank statements, ID cards or any other sensitive documents safely.
A shredder truck sponsored by Shred-it will be parked in the Schnucks parking lot at 1400 Forum Blvd. and members of the community are invited to bring up to three boxes of material per person, branch manager Adrian McBride said.
The event will be modeled after an annual shred day hosted by the Better Business Bureau regional office in St. Louis.
"It has grown over the last few years and they have had sometimes up to five hundred cars come through the parking lot at the St. Louis Galleria," McBride said.
Along with the Better Business Bureau, the Columbia Police Department and the Missouri Attorney General are sponsoring the event.
"We are raising awareness when it comes to identity theft and hopefully as many people as possible will show up," McBride said. "It will be a great first event and hopefully we can build off of it from here."
Here are some tips to prevent identity theft listed on the Attorney General's website:
- Don't give out your Social Security or account numbers unless you initiate the contact.
- Shred trash with sensitive information, including convenience checks and credit card offers you get in the mail.
- Send sensitive mail using a post office drop box, rather than your mailbox at home.
- Carry only the credit cards and documents you need on a daily basis. Don't carry your social security card.