Documents should you shred

In a recent report from Javelen Strategy and Research, every 2 seconds an American is hit with identity fraud. Identity Fraud is on the rise as criminals discover new ways to access your information but it can be prevented. One way to help prevent this is to shred personal documents you don’t need to store. Shredding is not only for banks and hospitals, it is a necessity for individuals as well.

Knowing which documents to shred can be confusing and time consuming. We have put together a list of a few documents we recommend shredding.

  • Tax records after 7 years
  • Pay stubs
  • Bank statements
  • Medical records
  • ATM/ credit card receipts
  • Bills
  • Airline tickets
  • Expired credit cards, passports, IDs (employment, college, etc.)
  • Credit card offers
  • Convenience checks and canceled checks

If you don’t have access to a shredder, don’t worry. Civic Bank is having  their annual Free Community Shred Day on May 17th from 9 am – 12 pm. It’s open to everyone, including small businesses. There is no limit on the volume you may bring, and no need to remove staples, binder clips or paper clips.