SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 10, 2012—A free community shred event hosted by The Golden 1 Credit Union on May 5 at the credit union's Operations Center helped approximately 3,216 individuals by shredding their private and confidential documents, CDs and floppy disks.
More than 172,000 pounds of confidential information was destroyed on site by Iron Mountain, which then took the shredded remnants to be recycled. Since 2006, shredding events held by Golden 1 have destroyed more than 936,000 pounds of documents that contain personal and private information.
The Golden 1 community shredding events are an innovative way to help people protect themselves from identity theft and other related crimes. Documents that contain sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, are often targeted by thieves who are looking to commit fraud.
"The Golden 1 Credit Union takes identity theft seriously and wants to help the public avoid the possibility of it happening to them," says Donna A. Bland, Golden 1's President and CEO. "Our shredding events keep personal and private information from falling into the wrong hands."
Due to the success of its community shred events, Golden 1 received the Dora Maxwell Responsibility Community Service Award from The California Credit Union League in 2011. The award is granted to a California credit union for its efforts to improve the lives of members of the community through outreach programs.
The Golden 1 Credit Union is California's leading credit union, with 83 branches, $7.8 billion in assets and more than 600,000 members.
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