Published on 04-02-2019
Through the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina and Coastal Credit Union, Triangle residents have safely disposed and destroyed more than 535,000 lbs. of sensitive documents and recycled over 139,000 lbs. of electronics. On Saturday, April 27, the two organizations are adding to that number with “Secure Your ID” Day, a bi-annual opportunity for locals to protect their identity by safely disposing of sensitive personal information.
“On average, according to the Federal Trade Commission, there are more than 9 million victims of identity theft each year in the United States – it’s a scary statistic that many don’t realize,” said Coastal spokesman Joe Mecca. “This Secure Your ID Day event with BBB serving Eastern North Carolina provides a necessary service in letting Triangle citizens breathe easier about the security and safe disposal of their private information.”
Running from 8 to 11:30 a.m., or until trucks are full, the event will be open to the public at the Coastal headquarters off Wake Forest Road in Raleigh (1000 St. Albans Drive). As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Coastal is committed to providing members affordable, convenient and professional services.
An easy drive-thru experience, area residents can bring up to three boxes/bags per person for complimentary document shredding as well as up to five electronics for collection and secure destruction, courtesy of partners Shred-It and GEEP. Volunteers move all items to the shredding and electronic collection trucks while visitors stay in their car and watch their sensitive items be destroyed or recycled. Electronics accepted for collection range from items like computers, cell phones and tablets to TVs, printers, fax machines, DVD/CD players, microwaves and toasters.
“There are so many ways identity theft can happen – even from something as simple as just throwing away a bill or other paper that contains personal details,” said Mallory Wojciechowski, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “It makes us feel good that, working through our partnership with Coastal Credit Union, we can provide a quick and easy way for families to feel safe and secure.”
Additional event information is available at www.bbbshred.org.