The City of Saline's Environmental Commission and Schmerberg Law host a free shredding day at Saline City Hall Saturday.
City residents are invited to shred personal documents between 9 a.m. and noon, Saturday, at 100 N. Harris St.
Here's a list of documents residents might consider shredding:
Canceled checks and blank checks
Credit card and account numbers
Items containing your social security number or signature
Schmerberg Law is sponsoring the event, which is being staffed by volunteers from Saline's Environmental Commission.
Did you know?
Identity theft is a serious concern that affects millions of people. The 2017 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that 15.4 million consumers in the United States were affected by identity theft of some form in 2016. In those instances, $16 billion was stolen. Protecting one's identity is not as complicated as it may seem, and it can safeguard consumers against fraud and theft.
Password protect all smartphones and other digital devices. Many are used to transmit sensitive information and may store passwords and other data that connects to financial institutions.
Do not click on links in unsolicited emails. Such links may contain malware or computer viruses.
Don't provide Social Security numbers, birth dates or other personal information to unsolicited callers, no matter how official they may sound.
Don't use the same password or PIN number on multiple sites. Vary the password and use a combination of numbers, symbols and uppercase letters to make it more difficult for thieves to decode.
Do not keep all credit cards or important identification cards in a wallet at all times.
Shred or destroy private records and statements.
Monitor your credit report. Consumers can receive a free credit report from the three major credit agencies free of charge each year. Address any inconsistencies and report them promptly.
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.