What documents should you shred to prevent identity theft?

22News will be holding a paper shredding event Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s important to properly dispose of personal information so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

National Consumer Protection Week is designed to help people protect themselves against having their personal information jeopardized.

The Federal Trade Commission says that sales receipts, paid utility bills and credit card offers should be shredded immediately. 22News will be holding a paper shredding event to help you get rid of those documents.

Shred your documents at 22News

Milagros Johnson, Director of the Springfield Mayor’s Office of Consumer Protection in Springfield, told 22News that “any documents that contain account numbers, address, social security number, credit card numbers – bring that information to us and we’ll properly dispose them to protect you from the fastest growing crime in America: identity theft.”

Birth certificates, citizenship papers and social security cards are documents you should always keep.

22News’ shredding event will be held in our parking lot Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.