BBB Secure Your ID Day Huge Success, Eco Friendly
Information from news release . . .
Better Business Bureau’s semi-annual Secure Your ID Day was held April 20 and was attended by nearly 400 vehicles, safely destroying more than 25,000 pounds of material.
The steady flow of consumers and businesses brought both new and returning participants to the event held in the Great Southern Bank Operations Center on south Glenstone. Participants were provided with information from the event sponsors as well as BBB and the FTC.
New this year was an electronics drive provided by Computer Recycling Center in Springfield. Consumers and businesses were encouraged to drop off laptops, hard drives and cell phones they no longer needed. Personal information on the devices was safely destroyed and recycled.
“We are honored to be able to provide this service free of charge to the community to do our part in promoting identity protection,” said Judy Mills, president and CEO of BBB serving Southwest Missouri. “The fact that this event continues to grow means there is an ever-lasting need for a safe way to destroy sensitive materials both print and digital.”
The more than 25,000 pounds of material that was safely destroyed on-site by Cintas Document Management resulted in the conservation of 228 trees, 93,870 gallons of water, 27 barrels of oil and 40 cubic yards of landfill space.
The electronics drive brought in 3,000 pounds of devices from 79 consumers including: 52 computers, 12 hard drives, 22 laptops, 54 cell phones and 20 monitors.
According to a 2011 report from Javelin Strategy and Research it found 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $37 billion. Those who suffered from identity faced higher consequences, the study found. The average out-of-pocket loss nearly doubled, going from $387 to $631 per incident. According to the Federal Trade Commission there were 4,505 victims of Identity Theft in Missouri in 2012.
BBB will be holding its next Secure Your ID Day on October 19. To be added to the organization’s reminder e-mail list please call 417-380-5075.
For more information on the event please call 417-862-4222.