Free shredding event to help prevent identity theft happening at Rushmore Mall
RAPID CITY, S.D. — AARP South Dakota Fraud Watch Network is hosting a free shredding event to help prevent identity theft at the Rushmore Mall on Tuesday.
Identity theft has risen in South Dakota in the last several years according to the 2018 state crime report. In 2016, 199 cases of identity theft were reported statewide, which rose to 406 in 2017 and 378 in 2018.
Officials recommend shredding old documents that display personal information like social security numbers, birth dates, signatures, account numbers, passwords or PINS, pre-approved credit card applications and any unneeded medical or investment documentation.
“Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen,” said AARP South Dakota State Director, Erik Gaikowski. “The end of tax season is a great time to securely destroy old personal and financial documents to ensure your sensitive information doesn’t end up in the hands of identity thieves.”
For those consumers who use a home shredder, experts also recommend the use of a micro-cut model. Tests have shown that scraps of paper from a straight or cross-cut shredder can be reassembled by identity thieves. With a micro-cut shredder, the paper is rendered into impossible-to-reassemble debris.
A micro-cut shredder will be given away at the event, which all participants will have a chance to win.
Additionally attendees can bring canned food donations to help support Feeding South Dakota.
The event is open to anyone of any age, and an AARP membership is not required to attend.