Shredding Day - July 31, 2010

The City is declaring July 31st as Shredding Day as a way to promote awareness about identity theft, specifically where many identity thieves obtain personal information by stealing or sorting through discarded personal mail (bank statements, medical records, etc) that is not shredded or ripped up. As such, the Cambridge Consumers Council has partnered with the Commonwealth’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the United States Postal Service in procuring shredders for consumers. On July 31st, consumers are invited to bring their personal documents to the Central Square Post Office from 9:00am to 1:00pm to use these shredders. A press conference will be held that morning at 9:00am with the Undersecretary of the Commonwealth, Barbara Anthony. Educational information about preventing and recognizing identity theft will also be disseminated throughout the day.