With identity theft affecting one out of every four households, safely discarding confidential materials is more important than ever. Local residents can bring materials for shredding to the FREE State Bank of Speer/Peoria Banking Center Community Shred Day to be held at the bank locations on June 30, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A food donation is requested for food banks.
Consumers are invited to dispose of sensitive papers free of charge, in return for a donation of a non-perishable food item for local food pantries. The papers will be securely shredded and then recycled. Materials which will be accepted include: documents, binders, checks, photos, microfiche, computers and computer storage devices including VCR tapes, CDs, DVDs and computer discs. (CRT monitors and TVs are NOT included AND WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.)
Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year. The most recent statistics from the Bureau of Justice report that:
In 2010, 7.0% of households in the United States, or about 8.6 million households, had at least one member age 12 or older who experienced one or more types of identity theft victimization.
Among households in which at least one member experienced one or more types of identity theft, 64.1% experienced the misuse or attempted misuse of an existing credit card account in 2010.
From 2005 to 2010, the percentage of all households with one or more type of identity theft that suffered no direct financial loss increased from 18.5% to 23.7%.
Community members with questions can call Bank of Speer toll-free at 1-888-249-2141.