BATAVIA, Ill. – To help area residents protect themselves from identity theft, state Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, is partnering with KCT Credit Union to host a free community shred day.
“It is important to securely dispose of documents with personally identifiable information, like old tax returns, banking statements and bills to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity fraud,” said Villa. “Shredding old, unneeded documents is a great way to ensure that they do not get into the wrong hands, while also finishing spring cleaning and decluttering your home.”
Local residents are encouraged to join Villa for her community shred day on Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Batavia Enterprises, Inc., located at 140 First St. Residents are invited to stop by with a maximum of two boxes full of documents with sensitive information like medical bills, bank statements, and old credit cards to shred. Villa’s shred day is free and open to the public, and those attending are encouraged to bring a donation of nonperishable food items to benefit the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.
“One of the best ways to protect yourself from identity fraud is to make sure that old documents with personal information on them do not get into the hands of scammers and identity thieves,” continued Villa. “I encourage local residents to stop by my free shred day to safely destroy old paperwork. I hope to see you there!”