Shredding day scheduled for June 1
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crimestoppers is holding a community shredding day to help people destroy their old documents, protect their identities and keep old documents out of the wrong hands.
For a suggested donation of $5, people can bring financial paperwork to be shredded to the northwest parking lot of the State Farm Center (formerly known as the Assembly Hall) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 1.
Crimestoppers will be working with a local company, Monster Shred, to accept the following documents: medical records, financial statements, credit applications, bank statements, documents with Social Security numbers or driver's license numbers, bank checks, tax records and legal documents more than 8 years old.
Champaign County Crimestoppers President John Hecker said the annual event has helped to stop identity theft in central Illinois while saving more than 150 trees and more than 25 cubic yards of landfill space.
This year Crimestoppers is limiting the number of boxes it can accept to two boxes per vehicle. The boxes may be "no bigger than a banker box," which was described as 15 inches long, 12 inches wide and 10 inches tall.
More information is available at the Champaign County Crimestoppers' website at http://www.373tips.com.