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What To Shred On Friday's Shred Day

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RICHLAND, WA. -- When your identity is stolen, you could lose everything, and trying to get it back is a major hassle. That's why you should come by our shred event locations this Thursday to get rid of important documents in a safe way. 

The threat of identity theft is something that all of us need to keep in mind, and paper could be your biggest enemy. That's why we're teaming up with Numerica Credit Union to try and keep you safe. 

The first step to prepare for this Friday is knowing what you should bring to be shredded right here. 

In the digital age, everything seems to be moving online. Despite that, there are a lot more documents than you might expect that need to be shredded to keep your identity safe. 

"I think that people when they come to shred day, they need to worry about those documents that have their confidential information," Kelli Hawkins from Numerica Credit Union said. "So documents such as your tax records and receipts you want to keep those for 7 years, if they're older bring them in to shred. Pay stubs and bank statements you keep for one year, again if they're older, bring them on in."

And that's not all. You should also shred social security statements, annual insurance or retirement plan statements, warranty documents or receipts and home sale purchases. A lot to keep in mind right? 

Well on Thursday, that all can become worry free once the shredding starts in the Richland Numerica Credit Union parking lot on Duportail Street. 

We're not the only ones excited, the Numerica workers are planning on getting people in and out. And when you leave, your identity will be that much safer. 

"We're really excited, we're going to have a crew ready, prepared to take care of folks with enthusiasm," Sylvia Chapman from Numerica Credit Union said. "We can't wait to help people have that feeling of security."

This Thursday, we encourage all of you to join in on this free event, and take one more step to protecting you and your family. 

"Unfortunately, thieves are finding that they can make more money, or get more, out of information than they can out of stealing a television or a stereo," Hawkins said. 

On Thursday bring up to two banker boxers full of all those documents we mentioned. All of us have them lying around somewhere. That way you can help us, help you protect yourself from identity theft.