SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 6, 2013—Approximately 2,725 individuals brought their confidential documents, CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks to a free community Shred Event hosted by Golden 1 Credit Union at its Operations Center in Sacramento on April 20.
More than 152,000 pounds of confidential information were safely destroyed on site by Iron Mountain, which then recycled the shredded remnants. Since the first Golden 1 Shred Event in 2006, more than 1,244,000 pounds of confidential documents have been destroyed.
If not properly destroyed and disposed of, documents that contain sensitive information, such as financial account numbers, Social Security numbers, and medical records, can be captured and used by thieves to commit fraud, and the damage can cost victims significant time and money to repair.
"Identity theft is a serious crime, and Golden 1 wants to help individuals reduce their risk of becoming victims," said Donna A. Bland, Golden 1's President and CEO. "Our Shred Events keep personal and private information from falling into the wrong hands."
In 2012, Golden 1 received the Dora Maxwell Responsibility Community Service Award from The California Credit Union League for hosting the community Shred Events. The award is granted to a California credit union for improving the lives of members of the community through outreach programs.
Golden 1 Credit Union is California's leading credit union, with 83 branches, $8.22 billion in assets and more than 630,000 members. For more information, please visit golden1.com.
This credit union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.
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