Identity theft is a real threat to consumers. One way you can help protect your personal information from falling into the wrong hands is by bringing your sensitive documents to be shredded at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library March 8 from 10 am – 2pm. The drop-off location for documents is in the library parking lot. Documents will be shredded free of charge, though customers are limited to three small bags or boxes.
This is one of a series of shred-a-thons that Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is hosting around the state. (See full schedule here) This service is being offered in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.
Careless disposal of personal documents opens the door for someone to use your name to obtain credit, pose as you when they are apprehended for a crime, or to use your identity to obtain medical care or drugs.
The library has several books and other resources that raise awareness of identity theft and tout the best practices for financial security. Ask a librarian to show you our new Money neighborhood, a one-stop finance resource in the library.