There are simple steps you can take to stop identity theft. According to John Sileo, an identity theft specialized speaker, said that over 50 percent of thefts are a result of stealing hard copies, or paper versions, of information.
“The biggest mistake that I see over and over again in terms of document management, which accounts for about 50 percent of all corporate identity theft is physical documents, is that we don’t make it convenient enough for ourselves.”
Lucky for residents of the township, there is a bit of help out there.
On Saturday, March 29, residents of Lower Providence can stop by the IBEW Local 380 parking lot, located at 3900 Ridge Pike, to have documents shredded. The special event was announced officially at the Township Board of Supervisor’s Meeting on Thursday night.
“We mentioned this last meeting,” said Colleen Eckman, chairwoman for the board. “This event is sponsored by Mike Vereb with the Lower Providence Police Department [LPPD].”
The drop-off day will also be held in order to collect unused portions of prescription medications. As previously covered by The Alternative Press of Lower Providence Township, the LPPD has also installed a box for medical collections in its main lobby. The IBEW event will offer another space and time for local residents to drop off medications safely.
“The public works installed [the collection box] in our lobby, so it is secure,” said LPPD Chief Francis L. Carroll. “Bring your items to the lobby, place them in the drop box, and we’ll ensure they are disposed of with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).”
The medication drop-box is available whenever the lobby is open, during normal business hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The shredding and collection event on March 29 will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any paperwork needing shredding, along with unused medication prescriptions, may be brought for collection.
“You and your family are invited to join me at one of the upcoming free shredder events we have planned to help you avoid the threat of identity theft by property disposing of materials with confidential information,” said Vereb. “Residents are encouraged to bring documents that contain sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, medical information or bank account numbers, to be thoroughly shredded.”
The event is only for those that reside in Lower Providence Township.
“In order to accommodate as many people as possible, these events are only for residents; no businesses, please,” said Vereb. “There is no charge to attend either of these events.”