For Immediate Release - July 30, 2014

Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and City of Lawrence Hold Consumer/Shred Day

Members of Public to Shred Personal Documents for Free

LAWRENCE - Today, state and municipal officials gathered to remind consumers of the importance of protecting their personal data at the Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs Consumer/Shred Day in Lawrence.

“Your personal information is not safe just because you’ve disposed of it,” said Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Barbara Anthony. “My office holds these shred days around the state to remind consumers to keep their data out of the dumpsters. Unless your personal information is shredded, there is a real risk someone can find it in the trash and commit identity theft.”

“We were very pleased to host ‘Consumer/Shred Day’ here in Lawrence,”said Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera.  “Identity Theft is a major problem in our country and events like this remind our citizens to take extra precautions when disposing of personal infor mation. It was great to see the state and city join forces today to protect consumers.”

Consumer/Shred Day is an educational initiative sponsored by the Office of Consumer Affairs, the City of Lawrence, and Groundwork Lawrence designed to bring information and consumer education services directly to the general public.

The Undersecretary and Mayor were joined by Lawrence Police Detective David Augusta who spoke about what law enforce is doing to combat Identity theft, and a representative of CINTAS Document Management who spoke about his company and its helpful resources.

Shredding protects consumers from identity theft and shields personal data. Consumers brought personal financial documents such as credit card bills, bank statements and expired insurance policies to be shredded on site. Consumers are advised to dispose of all important documents by shredding them in order to be as secure as possible.

The Patrick Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is committed to protecting consumers through consumer advocacy and education, and also works to ensure that the businesses its agencies regulate treat all Massachusetts consumers fairly. Follow the Office on its blog, on Facebook and Twitter, @Mass_Consumer.