Community National Bank at 5123 Bellaire Blvd. will hold The Great Bellaire Paper Shred from 9 a.m.-noon the day after tax day, April 18. The free sixth annual event offers citizens free document shredding (up to 100 lbs. per person) to help them minimize the risk of becoming victims of personal identity theft.
“We can’t overemphasize the importance of destroying discarded documents that contain personal identifiers such as tax ID, Social Security and credit, debit, checking, savings and investment account numbers,” said Community National Bank Chairman/CEO Randy Dobbs. “Thieves go dumpster diving to retrieve documents that are tossed without shredding.”
An Iron Mountain Secure Shredding mobile unit truck will be parked in front of the bank. The unit holds up to 15,000 pounds of paper. AfterIron Mountain shreds the paper, it is baled and then recycled at a fiber pulp mill so it is no longer recognizable in its previous form.
According to the National Association for Information Destruction, the following documents should be shredded when discarded:
• Pre-approved credit applications, credit card statements and expired charge cards
• Personal medical records and physician statements
• Tax preparation worksheets, obsolete financial records and receipts
• Insurance forms, telephone bills, cancelled checks and bank statements
• Mail, old records and mailing labels from magazines
For more information, call 713-664-4777 or visit www.commnatlbank.com.