Shred Fest Protects New Yorkers From Identity Theft
NEW YORK CITY — To help New Yorkers dispose of personal and sensitive documents the city will host the seventh annual Shred Fest on Sunday at 10 locations throughout the five boroughs, the Department of Consumer Affairs said.
“Last year more than 21,500 New Yorkers filed identity theft complaints,” said DCA Commissioner Julie Menin. “Identity thieves continue to find new ways to steal personal information but New Yorkers can take the first step to protecting themselves by shredding documents with personal information.”
People are encouraged to bring documents that contain personal information to be shredded and securely disposed. Those documents include bank statements that don’t contain tax-related information, pay stubs, credit card applications and documents that contain your Social Security number, any account numbers, passwords, birth dates and signatures.
Stapled documents can be shredded but documents bounded with metal clips cannot, according to the DCA.
The city’s Department of Sanitation will help dispose of the thousands of shredded documents Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Residents will benefit with an opportunity to keep their personal information safe and secure, and the environment will benefit as tons of shredded paper will be taken to proper facilities for recycling,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
Here are the ten locations:
Triangle Plaza at Co-op City Boulevard and Rombouts Avenue
Grand Concourse between 157th and 158th Streets
Cropsey Avenue and Bay 29th Street on Bensonhurst Park
Cadman Plaza West near Clark Street
Prospect Park West and Third Street in Prospect Park
135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in St. Nicholas Park
East 14th Street in Union Square
111th Street between 54th and 56th Avenues in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Springfield Boulevard between Merrick Boulevard and 135th Avenue
Hylan Commons Mall