BBB holds shredding event to protect from identity theft

BBB Free Shred Event (WDTN Photo)

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — Protecting yourself from identity theft can often be difficult and time-consuming, but to help ease concerns, the Better Business Bureau offered a free shred day to get rid of some personal documents.

Last year, about 400,000 people fell victim to identity theft with more than $16 billion dollars stolen.

“The credit card offers that you get in the mail, it can be your tax statements, old checks, any of those things we encourage you to bring to our events and shred,” said Sheri Sword, Vice President of Communications for the BBB.

A steady stream of traffic rolled through Routsong Funeral Home in Centerville for the BBB’s free shred day. Gina Swan was one of the drivers who lined to spend her Saturday morning protecting her personal information.

“Didn’t want to throw it away. Had too much to shred in my shredder, so I’m like, I might as well bring it,” said Swan.

The BBB unloaded bags of personal documents.

“It’s really important that you shred your personal information because there are people that find that very valuable and take it to go into business as others,” said Sword.

Last year the BBB helped 900 people destroy roughly 23 tons of material at its two free shred days.

At this event alone, in just three hours a record 438 cars wheeled on by to get rid of unwanted documents safely.

If you missed today’s free shred day, the BBB holds the event twice a year. The next one will be in the spring the Saturday after tax day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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