Shred your chances of identity theft

Published March 22, 2016

Identity theft is going nowhere but up.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission received more than 490,000 complaints about identity theft in 2015, a 47 percent increase from the year before.

And according to the Consumer Sentinel Network, Oregon has the third-highest rate of identity theft in the U.S., with 124.6 complaints per 100,000 residents and nearly 5,000 complaints of identity theft in 2014. 

That’s why Maps is teaming with the Iron Mountain shredding company to shred sensitive documents for free on April 9. The public is welcome to bring items to shred from 9 am-1 pm to the parking lot of Maps’ administration office at 451 Division St., NE, in Salem. Every person coming to the event can bring up to two medium-sized boxes of paper to shred. Iron Mountain will shred the documents on site.

The event is free and open to the public, but Maps will collect cash and coins as part of its Change a Child's Life coin drive to raise funds for Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The Maps Community Foundation will match all donations made during Shred Day. 

This will be Maps’ 13th Annual Community Shred Day, which the credit union started in 2004 to combat identity theft. 

“If community members’ personal documents -- such as taxes, credit cards statements and medical statements -- get into the wrong hands, it puts them at risk of identity theft,” said Mitzi Smith, Maps’ Community Development Officer. “Giving the public a place to shred their paperwork once a year will hopefully mitigate that risk.”