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Oswego Police Host Free Shredding Day

De-clutter and protect your identity at document-shredding event.

A free shred day is set for May 24 at Oswego Community Bank. Credit: File photo
A free shred day is set for May 24 at Oswego Community Bank. Credit: File photo
To assist in thwarting identity thieves, the Oswego Police Department is partnering up with Oswego Community Bank, who have contracted with Cintas, to offer a shredding service free to the community from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 25, at the bank, 10 S. Madison St.  

Cintas will be on hand to shred all important personal documents which may include but is not limited to charge receipts, copies of credit card applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks, bank statements or expired charge cards and credit offers you get in the mail.  

Participants may bring up to 3 large file boxes full of papers to be shredded. 

Identity theft can occur when:
  • Your personal information is stolen from businesses or other institutions.
  • Your personal information is taken from your mailbox or your trash.
  • Personal information is captured using skimming devices.
  • On-line phishing scams.

While you can not fully prevent identity theft you can certainly minimize the possibility of becoming a victim, police said. By managing your personal information wisely, cautiously and with an awareness of the issue, you can help guard against identity theft.  

Identity theft is a serious crime, and those who are victimized can spend countless hours and money cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of your good name and credit record.  

Your vigilance in protecting personal information is the key to protecting yourself, police warn.  

For more information on identity theft, visit the Oswego Police Department website (www.oswegopoliceil.org) and click on the programs link.

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