Saturday was Shred Day at Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. September 25 marked the fifth Shred Day hosted by SMCU. For three hours on a glorious Seattle day people streamed into the parking lot at SMCU’s Georgetown branch to securely dispose of their personal documents and enjoy free coffee and donuts.
Shred Day is part of SMCU’s ongoing commitment to help educate its members about the dangers of insecure document disposal. The toll of identity theft continues to rise. According to the Javelin Research Group, which has been monitoring identity theft statistics since 2004, more than 11 million Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2009. They lost a total of $54 billion in those cases.
SMCU encourages you to be vigilant with your personal information, including your financial records. If you have questions about how to dispose of them or are interested in learning other ways to prevent identity theft, stop by any SMCU branch and talk to a helpful SMCU branch rep.
Here are some pictures from Shred Day. (Click on the image to see a larger version)
See more pictures from Shred Day on SMCU’s Facebook Page