ST. GEORGE — Security Service Federal Credit Union will host a free “Shred Day” Saturday in St. George to help local residents safely dispose of unneeded personal documents. Held from 9 a.m. until noon at the credit union’s St. George location, 1227 E. 100 South, Shred Day is open to and free for the public.
Security Service’s Shred Days help individuals protect themselves against identity theft, which is one of the fastest growing, most lucrative crimes in the country.
“Our free Shred Days offer the entire community an easy, secure way to get rid of sensitive documents,” Aaron Leek, senior vice president of Member Service for Security Service said. “That includes statements from financial institutions and credit card companies, old tax returns, and any papers that include Social Security numbers, addresses, and other personal information.”
Nonprofit consumer education and advocacy group Privacy Rights Clearinghouse suggests keeping records such as credit card statements and other bills for one year. Visit privacyrights.org for more general guidelines.
The IRS recommends keeping tax returns for at least three years after the date of filing, with a few exceptions that are outlined on www.irs.gov. Individuals should never shred official documents that prove identity, such as Social Security cards or birth certificates.
Participants can simply drive up and drop off bags and boxes of paper intended for shredding. There is a limit of two full 18” x 20” x 12” boxes per household. Security Service volunteers will help cars unload, and all documents will be shredded on site by Shred-it.
About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Founded in 1956, Security Service Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative. Originally established to serve the fiscal needs of U.S. Air Force Security Service Command members and their families, the credit union eventually expanded its membership to include military and civilian companies and organizations and now serves more than 700,000 members worldwide. The largest credit union in all three states in which it operates, Security Service is headquartered in San Antonio and has 37 locations in Texas, 19 in Colorado, and 14 in Utah.