More than 27 tons of documents destroyed during BBB Shredfest 2016

More than 27 tons of documents destroyed during BBB Shredfest 2016

MADISON, Wis. — A couple of clouds and a few rain drops didn’t stop people from coming out to protect their identity.

The Better Business Bureau held its 10th Shredfest, with the co-sponsorship of WISC-TV News 3 and Pellitteri, among others. The event helped people securely destroy personal documents that may contain important information such as a Social Security number or address.

“The more of your confidential information you can destroy securely, the less risk you have,” said Cindy Bong, the chief operations officers for SVA Madison. “Anything that can tie something back to me, I shred.”

According Laura Mael, Better Business Bureau regional director, identity theft is the second most complained about issue that the Federal Trade Commission receives each year, and Wisconsin ranks 13th on that list of complaints.

Mael said that BBB Shredfest is a way to be a little more cautious when trying to protect someone’s identity.

“It’s a piece of mind,” Mael said, “It makes you go away saying, ‘Alright, I know that piece of paper isn’t going to end up in anyone else’s hands.'”

Over 1,600 cars came out for the BBB Shredfest, and volunteers shredded over 27 tons of documents – a record.