Shred­ding days Fri­day and Satur­day help dis­pose of con­fi­den­tial records

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - BUSINESS -

Q. Please ad­vise the date and guide­lines for the BBB “Shred Day” event for this Oc­to­ber?

A. The Bet­ter Busi­ness Bu­reau serv­ing South­east Tennessee and North­west Ge­or­gia will host its bian­nual shred­ding event from

9 a.m. to noon Fri­day Oc­to­ber

13 at Scenic Com­mu­nity Credit Union, 4503 Hix­son Pike, and Satur­day, Oct. 14, at Lee Pointe, in­ter­sec­tion of

Lee High­way and High­way 153. This pro­gram is part of the BBB’s ef­fort to help peo­ple pro­tect them­selves from iden­tity theft by shred­ding con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments.

The re­cent se­cu­rity breach at Equifax that im­pacted over 145 mil­lion con­sumers is a vivid re­minder that we must all be dili­gent in pro­tect­ing our per­sonal iden­tity. As re­minder if you have not checked the Equifax web­site to see if you are a vic­tim, please do so soon and freeze your credit. www.equifax.com. Please visit bbb.org/Chat­tanooga to view con­sumer ad­vice re­gard­ing the Equifax data breach.

The pub­lic is in­vited to bring up to three boxes of doc­u­ments to be shred­ded for free. We will also shred two PC Hard drives for free.

This is the 11th year that the BBB’s across North Amer­ica has hosted this com­mu­nity event. We are often asked a va­ri­ety of ques­tions; here are the top fre­quently asked ques­tions:

› 1. Do I need to un­load the boxes my­self ? No. You sim­ply stay in your car, pull up to the side of the shred­ding truck and some­one will carry your boxes from your car to the shred­der. There will be staff and signs to di­rect you.

› 2. What size do the boxes need to be? We do not have a limit on the size of the box. How­ever, the boxes need to be small enough so that they can be lifted out of your car by one per­son.

› 3. What if I have more than three boxes to be shred­ded? We may be able to ac­com­mo­date ex­tra boxes, de­pend­ing on space avail­able. How­ever, we re­serve the right to turn away any­one with a large quan­tity. Be con­sid­er­ate of other con­sumers who have doc­u­ments to be shred.

› 4. How do I know that it’s safe to drop off my con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments? Any doc­u­ments brought to Shred Day will be shred­ded on the spot by Shred It, a pro­fes­sional doc­u­ment de­struc­tion com­pany. If you like, you may watch doc­u­ments be shred. PC Hard drives will also be shred on­site. If needed, re­sources will be avail­able to re­move the hard drive from the PC. PC’s may also be re­cy­cled. Please do not bring mon­i­tors.

› 5. Do I need to re­move sta­ples, pa­per clips on other me­tal ob­jects? No. How­ever, we ask that you re­move any large me­tal clips, if pos­si­ble. Please do not bring items in plas­tic bags, which can­not be shred and may jam the shred­der.

› 6. Is there a charge? No. The event is free and pro­vided as a com­mu­nity ser­vice by the Bet­ter Busi­ness Bu­reau and its com­mu­nity part­ners; Scenic Com­mu­nity Credit Union, Shred It, Inc., and Re­source 1 Elec­tron­ics. Me­dia part­ners; Chat­tanooga Times Free Press, Cu­mu­lus Broad­cast­ing, Brewer Broad­cast­ing and Ba­hakel Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

› 7. What needs to be shred­ded? Any un­needed doc­u­ment con­tain­ing your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, such as your driver’s li­cense num­ber, So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber, fi­nan­cial ac­count num­bers and birth date needs to be shred­ded. In ad­di­tion, things like pre-ap­proved credit of­fers, which iden­tity thieves can steal out of your mail­box or garbage cans and use to take out credit cards in your name.

› 8. Will the event be held if it rains? Yes, Shred Day will be con­ducted rain or shine.

Jim Win­sett is pres­i­dent of the Bet­ter Busi­ness Bu­reau in Chat­tanooga.

Jim Win­sett

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