Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway, Better Business Bureau & Partners Offer Free Shred Day in Lexington

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 21, 2010  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central and Eastern Kentucky, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Shred-All Documents are teaming up to offer a free “Shred Day” for Lexington residents on Friday, September 24  at Lowe’s, 2300 Greg Lag Way in the Hamburg Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m..

“More than 27 million Americans have been victims of identity theft in the past five years at a cost of nearly $5 billion in out-of-pocket expenses,” General Conway said. “Identity theft not only jeopardizes a person’s financial security, it can also jeopardize their safety.  I strongly encourage local residents to help us combat identity theft by taking part in our free shredding event.”

As one of the fastest-growing crimes in America, Attorney General Conway and his partners say it is more important than ever to destroy personal documents properly and to protect yourself against identity theft.

"The Better Business Bureau has always advised consumers on different ways to protect themselves from identity theft, and shredding documents containing personal, sensitive information is one way to help," said Neil Kingery, BBB of Central & Eastern Kentucky President and CEO. "We are proud to be a partner in this important initiative.”

Residents will be able to shred up to 60 pounds of personal and confidential documents that contain bank account numbers, credit-card information, Social Security numbers, birth dates, pin numbers or even old tax returns.  Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed prior to shredding. CDs and DVDs can also be dropped off but will not be shredded on site.

“Stolen physical paperwork accounts for nearly half of all identity theft in the United States,” said Tracy Syck, President of Shred-All Documents and Rock Solid Secure Records Management. “Shred-All is pleased to join with Attorney General Conway, the BBB and Lowe’s to help Kentuckians protect their identity by providing free shred day events.”

Shred-All Documents will provide a truck with a video screen so visitors can actually see their documents being shredded.  The company will also provide one truck and one trailer with empty lockable bins for residents to leave items to be shredded.

For more information on how to protect yourself against identity theft, please visit
http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/idtheft/  or the BBB’s website at
http://bluegrass.bbb.org/ .