Shredfest helps protect more than 1,100 people’s identities
WISC-TV 3 is a proud sponsor of the event
MADISON, Wis. — Shredfest 2017 helped protect more than 1,100 people’s identities Saturday by shredding personal documents that are often the source of identity theft.
WISC-TV 3 is a proud sponsor of the free event, which collected more than 19 tons of paper at Warner Park for proper disposal.
The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau and Pelletteri Waste Systems led the charge, collecting and destroying tons of paper with the help of the News 3 team, who deposited paper into the shredding trucks.
Madison resident Sable Wright, who visited Shredfest, said the event helped her protect her identity while providing other benefits as well.
“People won’t be able to steal your identity or go through your garbage and get your mail. So if you shred it up, you’ll save your identity and save the environment,” Wright said.
The BBB says nearly 50 percent of all identity thefts come from paper documents like utility bills, canceled checks, banking and credit card statements and paycheck stubs, so shredding them is recommended.