Last weekend’s Shred-it and Forget it event in Cloverdale hosted by Envision Financial saw more than 3,250 kgs (or 7,165 pounds) of confidential documents sliced and diced.
More than 200 residents brought boxes by the hundreds to the shredder for secure, safe disposal at Envision Financial’s new branch at Brick Yard Station shopping plaza April 23.
Donations were accepted in exchange for the shredding service, raising more than $2,300 in cash and another 180 kgs of food. Donation will be distributed to local food banks through the company’s community program, The Full Cupboard.
“Identity theft continues to be a big concern and being proactive in shredding your financial documents before you discard them is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself against identity theft,” said Jaime Lord, supervisor of corporate security at Envision Financial.
“We are excited to have so many local residents out to shred their documents and are thankful for their generous contributions to The Full Cupboard. It was a record-breaking event for us on all fronts.”
The mobile shredding services were donated to the event for the fifth year. Surrey RCMP also provided support, providing education and awareness of identity theft and fraud, and sharing steps residents can take to mitigate their risk.