HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of people brought their receipts, credit cards, checks, bank statements and other important and potentially compromising documents.
Industrial shredders were set up at the Hadley Senior Center from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and within just the first hour they shredded about 3,500 pounds of paper.
Identity theft and cyber crime are both fast growing, and people told 22News they understand that sometimes it only takes a can of garbage to steal an identity.
Kimberly Pieffer of Chicopee said, “It definitely makes me feel more secure knowing that my documents are being shredded here on site. I don’t have to worry about anything. Obviously the last thing you need is a headache and be worrying about identity theft and that type of thing. Its better to be safe than sorry.”
The Federal Trade Commission recommends being proactive in protecting your identity; that includes knowing who your sharing information with, asking questions before you share, and making sure are your electronic devices have proper security.
They say you should shred anything that has a social security number on it.
If you missed Friday’s community shred, there’s another one on Saturday, June 21st at the PeoplesBank on Amity Street in Amherst from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.