Shred your confidential documents at Crime Stoppers event in Oakville


Published October 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm

Shred Crime Stoppers Police Halton fundraiser
Crime Stoppers of Halton, in partnership with Blue-Pencil Information Management, is hosting a Shred Event Fundraiser this Saturday in Oakville. BLUE-PENCIL PHOTO

Often the largest means of fraud is identity theft and the losses can run into the billions of dollars.

One of the bests way to protect your family from being a victim of fraud is by destroying confidential and business documents.

Crime Stoppers of Halton, in partnership with Blue-Pencil Information Management, is hosting a Shred Event Fundraiser to help combat identity theft and related fraud.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 16th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the parking lot of the Halton Regional Police Headquarters, located at 2485 North Service Rd. W. in Oakville.

Residents will be able to shred their unwanted unwanted personal/business papers for a donation of their choice to Crime Stoppers of Halton.

Blue-Pencil’s secure mobile shredding trucks will be on hand to ensure the safe and efficient destruction of personal and sensitive documents to help prevent identity theft and other financial fraud.

“This is our 10th year offering this service and we couldn’t do it without the support of the community, our volunteers and Blue Pencil’s mobile shredding service,” says Colin Jessome, Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Halton. “It’s a win-win for residents as you clear out your old clutter while donating to a local organization that is focused on keeping Halton safe.

“Donations go towards school programs on crime prevention, drug awareness, older adults’ seminars regarding frauds and scams, and community housing presentations to name a few.”

Tossing items into the garbage such as cancelled cheques, banking, tax and other financial records or anything containing personal information can be a huge risk.

Criminals will use the documents to easily access bank accounts, obtain credit cards, passports and other identification, or even to obtain a mortgage on your home without your knowledge.

Blue-Pencil President Mario Skopek says they are proud to partner with Crime Stoppers of Halton to help give back to the community.

“Blue-Pencil Information Management specializes in increasing awareness and security of information for both businesses and individuals alike to help prevent identity theft and corporate espionage,” he said. “Much like Crime Stoppers helps to secure our community safety, Blue-Pencil helps secure your valuable information.

“We couldn’t be happier to assist Crime Stoppers with this community initiative to securely dispose of sensitive documents, while helping raise funds and awareness in Halton Region.”

All volunteers at the Shred Event Fundraiser will be wearing P.P.E. Residents can choose to stay in their vehicles as volunteers unload their documents for them.

Social distancing and other safe practices will be followed to ensure a healthy event.

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