Residents prepare to start shredding
BRUT POINTE SHORELINES – Local residents with an abundance of unwanted personal documents can begin to collect these documents for permanent and secure disposal.
Residents of the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods are encouraged to bring their old tax documents, bills and other papers to a drive-thru version of Shred Day, which will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 8 at Osius Park, 800 , Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. Masks are required of all participants.
Cost is $ 5 per grocery size paper bag or banker’s box of documents. The Grosse Pointe Shores Beautification Committee is organizing this event in collaboration with the Great American Cleanup of Keep America Beautiful.
This is the first time in two years that the Shores have been able to host Shred Day, so Shores Beautification Committee Chair Helen Bai said many people are calling the city because they’ve racked up at least two. years of documents to be eliminated.
“We expect a good turnout,” Bai said via email.
Only paper documents can be accepted, such as canceled checks, letters and bank statements. Credit cards, CDs, cardboard, paper towels, tissue paper, and floppy disks cannot be thrown away during this event.
“There is no limit to the number of bags or boxes of paper to be shredded,” Bai said via email. “Receipts are available on request.”
To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft, experts recommend shredding all documents containing personal information such as the recipient’s name, address, date of birth or social security number.
In the fourth quarter of 2020 alone, the Federal Trade Commission reported 471,410 reports of identity theft across the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the high number of unemployment fraud cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest number of these crimes – 235,849 – were government benefits or document fraud cases. .
Local law enforcement authorities are reporting more reports of identity theft by residents. In Grosse Pointe Park, for example, acting director of the public safety department James A. Bostock said that while most types of crime fell in 2020, his department saw “an increase in fraud and theft. Identity Report ‘last year.
Bai said members of the Grosse Pointe North High School National Honor Society and their friends will again volunteer to help during Shred Day, for which they can earn credit hours for community service. Bai said John Pollick, a member of the Shores beautification committee, would train the students.
New protocols were put in place this year. Bai said volunteers will wear masks and gloves, while participants must wear masks to file documents.
“We are putting other additional procedures in place to keep everyone safe,” Bai said via email. “For example, a single worker will unload a given car, instead of the usual two, to facilitate (social) distancing.”
No prior registration is necessary. For more information, visit www.gpshoresmi.gov or call (313) 881-6565.