ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. James Roebuck (D-Phila.)
State Rep. James Roebuck (D-188th Dist.) is holding a paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27 at his district office, located at 4712 Baltimore Ave.
Roebuck said he organized the event in an effort to give residents the opportunity to dispose of personal documents they no longer need in a secure manner, helping to avoid identity theft.
“By bringing any unneeded documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card statements and applications, medical records, banking statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information, people can ensure that they are better protected against identity theft,” Roebuck said. “All these types of documents should be shredded, and not simply thrown out.”
According to a 2016 identity fraud study, identity theft is one of the biggest concerns in and out of the workplace, with identity fraud affecting 13.1 million U.S. consumers and costing them a total of $15 billion in 2015.
Shredding documents is fundamental to protecting the identities of those that have entrusted others with their data and personal information.
Residents who have questions about the event can contact Roebuck’s office at 215-724-2227.