On Thursday, September 16 Assured Data Destruction and FRIEND Bank will offer residents the opportunity to have their paper records and data storage materials shredded and recycled during the Community Shred Day. This free event aims to raise public awareness of the need to securely destroy confidential material in order to prevent identify theft and fraud, as well as to encourage people to recycle more.


     “Identify theft crimes in the United States are at an all time high,” said Development Officer Cynthia Green. Assured Data Destruction, a business division of Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center (WRC), Inc., specializes in plant-based document destruction. Assured Data Destruction provides a full range of secure, confidential services to private companies and government agencies. Assured has the highest security standards ensuring confidential information is protected while complying with federal and state regulations.


     “When people securely dispose of their sensitive documentation, their risk of identity theft decreases dramatically,” said Green. Green added, “Holding a community shred day for residents gives everyone a chance to protect themselves from identity theft.”


     Materials will be collected on September 16 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at FRIEND Bank located at 3105 Ross Clark Circle. “The Shred Day event allows citizens to stay one step ahead of identity thieves by shredding their sensitive documents,” said Anne Rumble, Assured Data Destruction Sales Associate. “Additionally, it’s one more way Assured Data Destruction and FRIEND Bank can demonstrate our commitment to improving the lives of our customers and Wiregrass residents.” Accepted items to be properly disposed of include old bills, check stubs, health information, or any other confidential information that has accumulated over the years. Participants do not need to remove staples, paper clips, folders, or rubber bands from documents.


     “We, at Friend Bank, are not satisfied to just talk about the importance of avoiding identity theft. We are doing something about it. This is why we are a co-sponsor of the Community Shred Day in partnership with WRC’s Assured Data Destruction,” said Friend Bank’s Vice President Lorraine Mouery. Mouery continued, “And, to raise the bar on “doing”; with every checking account we offer here at Friend Bank, we GIVE…for FREE…the Id ProtectAll plan which is an Identity Theft protection plan. Most banks charge for this plan. It is our way of helping to safeguard our customers’ funds and identity, which will give them peace of mind.”


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The drop-off event is open to the public. There is a maximum of 5 boxes/bags limit per vehicle. Assured Data Destruction is AAA NAID (National Association for Information Destruction), the highest certification available for the secure document destruction business.  For additional information and for a list of accepted items during Community Shred Day, please contact Anne Rumble at Assured Data Destruction at 334.792.0022, email arumble@wrcjobs.com or visit www.myassureddatadestruction.com.


Acceptable Items for Shredding

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