Mary Kay Glazer shreds documents at the 2010 Shred Fest at Ticonderoga Festival Credit Union. As part of its annual Credit Union Week celebration, the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union will hold its second annual Shred Fest Monday, Oct. 17, and Tuesday, Oct. 18.
As part of its annual Credit Union Week celebration, the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union will hold its second annual Shred Fest Monday, Oct. 17, and Tuesday, Oct. 18.
The free paper-shredding event aims to increase public awareness of identity theft prevention. Community members are invited to bring their confidential documents to be shredded at their local TFCU office during event hours.
Shredding will take place at the Ticonderoga office Oct. 17 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; at the Port Henry office Oct. 18 9 to 11 a.m.; and the Elizabethtown office Oct. 18 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Documents will be shredded on site in a mobile shredding truck. The first 10 participants at each location will receive a free TFCU umbrella. Paper, folders, envelopes, paper bound by staples, paper clips and spiral binding can be shredded, however, documents bound with metal binder clips cannot.
In exchange for the free service, TFCU asks participants to please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the local food pantries. All of the shredded paper will be recycled and the proceeds from the recycling will be donated to food pantries in Ticonderoga, Moriah and Elizabethtown.
“Identity theft can destroy your credit and your good name,” said Shawn Hayes, TFCU president and CEO. “But through a few simple precautions, members can stand up to identity thieves and avoid becoming a victim.”
In 2008, the state of New York reported more than 22,000 identity theft complaints. Shredding documents containing personal identifying information before throwing them away is one of the most important ways consumers can prevent identity theft.