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Shred Day set Saturday at locations in Edwardsville, St. Louis

From Illinois Business Journal News Services

Last year, Missouri residents filed complaints about identity theft at the highest rate in the nation. Illinois ranked fifth in the same category.

Better Business Bureau says its “Shred Day” offers one easy way to safely dispose of sensitive but outdated materials that are often subject of ID theft.

This year’s St. Louis area Shred Day is Saturday, April 16, at two locations: Saint Louis Galleria, Interstate 64 and Brentwood Boulevard, and Schnucks in Edwardsville, 2222 Troy Road.

Consumers can shred up to three boxes of documents from 8 a.m. to noon. BBB asks that consumers use bags or boxes that can be shredded along with papers. Consumers will receive information on identity theft protection.

Shred-It, a Securit company, is donating the shredding service.

Officials recommend shredding documents that contain financial information, account numbers, PINs, birth dates, or Social Security numbers. Examples include expired ID cards, legal documents, credit card and bank statements and canceled checks.

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