ROCKFORD, Ill. – In order to help residents protect themselves from fraudsters gaining access to their confidential information, state Rep. Dave Vella, D-Rockford, is hosting a free Shred Day on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Guilford High School, located at 5620 Spring Creek Rd. in Rockford.
“With identity theft and fraud an ever-present issue, we must all be vigilant and take steps to protect ourselves from having our private information stolen,” said Vella. “I highly encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity to securely get rid of documents containing sensitive information and protect themselves from identity theft while clearing out clutter from their home.”
At the Shred Day, attendees will be able to safely dispose of their documents containing personal information. Residents are encouraged to bring any documents that criminals could take advantage of, such as bank statements and medical records, to the Shred Day. To ensure all personal information is destroyed, documents will be shredded on-site. The event will run until 2 p.m. or until the shred truck reaches capacity. Business shredding will not be accepted.
Vella’s Shred Day is just one way that he is helping provide residents with much-needed services. He hosted a Mobile DMV event at his district office, allowing attendees to skip the long lines at the DMV and receive various driver services. Vella also hosted an I-Cash event, which helps residents recover their money that is being held by the state.
“Bringing services to the district, such as a Shred Day, is a priority of mine as a representative of our community,” said Vella. “Whether it’s working on legislation in Springfield or holding events such as the Shred Day, I am committed to securing as many resources as possible for my constituents.”