Release Date: August 12th, 2020 - 9:50am
Originator: D/Constable, Nadine Clarke, RCMB, 905-825-4747 X 5118
Contact: D/Constable, Nadine Clarke, RCMB, 905-825-4747 X 5118
MEDIA RELEASE – Shred Event Fundraiser
Crime Stoppers of Halton, in partnership with Blue-Pencil Information Management, is hosting a Shred Event Fundraiser in September to help combat identity theft and related fraud.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Halton Regional Police Headquarters, at in the parking lot at 2485 North Service Rd W, in Oakville.
All volunteers will be wearing P.P.E. and attendees can choose to stay in their vehicles as volunteers unload for them. Social distancing, safe practices and a heathy event is our main priority.
New this year is the option to use cash, credit or debit for your donation to Crime Stoppers of Halton. Residents and business owners can utilize Blue-Pencil's secure mobile shredding trucks to ensure the safe and efficient destruction of personal and sensitive documents to help prevent identity theft and other financial fraud.
Colin Jessome, Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Halton, says "We are expecting 500+ vehicles to take advantage of Blue Pencil's mobile shredding service. It's a win-win for residents as you get to clear out your old clutter while donating to a great organization that is focused on keeping Halton safe. Donations go towards school programs on crime prevention and drug awareness, older adults' seminars regarding frauds and scams, and community housing presentations to name a few."
Identity theft remains one of the largest means of fraud with losses running into the billions of dollars.
Items such as cancelled cheques, banking, tax, and other financial records, old letterhead, invoices, copies of job applications and anything containing personal information should never be placed into regular garbage or recycling streams. In the hands of criminals, these documents can be easily used to obtain credit cards, access bank accounts, obtain passports and other identification, or even to obtain a mortgage on your home without your knowledge until it's too late. Destroying confidential and business documents is the best way to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims of fraud.
Mario Skopek, President, Blue-Pencil Information Management said that he and Blue-Pencil are proud to partner with Crime Stoppers of Halton to help give back to the community. "Blue-Pencil Information Management specializes in increasing awareness and security of information for both businesses and individuals alike to help prevent identity theft and corporate espionage. Much like Crime Stoppers helps to secure our community safety, Blue-Pencil helps secure your valuable information. We couldn't be happier to assist Crime Stoppers with this community initiative to securely dispose of sensitive documents, while helping raise funds and awareness in Halton Region," Skopek said.