ALTON, Ill. – To help protect area residents from becoming victims of identity theft, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Godfrey, is partnering with Rotary Club of the Riverbend to host a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, June 23.
“Anyone can become a victim of identity theft. A lot of people hold on to old tax returns, bills or other documents with sensitive information that they don’t need anymore,” Bristow said. “These sensitive documents need to be disposed of properly so that people cannot gain access to your personal information, putting you at risk for identity theft.”
Bristow’s Community Shred Day is free and open to the public. A professional licensed document shredding company will be destroying documents with sensitive information in the parking lot of Bristow’s district office, located at 528 Henry Street in Alton, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Area residents are encouraged to stop by with their old personal documents to be securely destroyed. There is a limit of 2 boxes per car. Cardboard boxes cannot be left at the event.
“There are a variety of ways that identity thieves can gain access to personal information, like rummaging through your garbage,” continued Bristow. “I encourage folks to take advantage of this free opportunity to safely dispose of documents or items that contain sensitive information. Protecting your personal information is one important step to take to defend yourself from identity fraud.”
For more information, please contact Rep. Bristow’s full time constituent office at 618-465-5900 or RepMBristow@gmail.com.