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Join us for shred day! NOW!!!

Chicago, IL – June 13, 2013 - Crime statistics show that last year, more than 9.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft, costing them roughly $5 billion. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, in conjunction with various government agencies, invites consumers and businesses to protect their identities by shredding unwanted personal, financial or confidential documents FREE at the annual "Shred It and Forget It" Shredder Day at the United Center 1901 W. Madison St. Lot E in Chicago from 9AM-1PM on June 22nd. Gates close at 12:45pm. Free electronics recycling will also be available.Hosts of the annual event include the BBB along with the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Department, FBI, FTC, Illinois Attorney General's Office, and United States Postal Inspection Service. Shredding and recycling services will be provided by Acme Document Destruction, Beaver Shredding Inc., Chicago Shred Authority, Cintas Document Management, Shred-It, Inc., ShredStation Express, and Vintage Tech Recyclers.

As of January 1, 2012 the Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act requires people to recycle their electronic devices including televisions, monitors, printers and computers, rather than allow them to be disposed of in a landfill. TVs, monitors, laptops, PCs, servers, data storage devices, printers, fax/copy machines, cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras and game consoles are among the types of electronic equipment that will be collected for recycling at the event. To learn more about the electronics you can recycle at this event, visit www.chicagoshreds.com Participants are asked to limit the material they want shred to 10 boxes of documents per vehicle. There will also be free home shredders given away during the event every 15 minutes. You can register online to win a free shredder at www.chicagoshreds.com Below are some suggestions for deciding how long to keep personal financial information: