Pittsburgh, PA – April 4, 2012 – Better Business Bureau (BBB) and its partners, the Borough of Pleasant Hills, The Paper Exchange and First Commonwealth Bank, invite the Pittsburgh area and surrounding communities to BBB’s “Secure Your ID” Day Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Pleasant Hills Municipal Building, 410 East Bruceton Road in Pittsburgh from 10 AM – 2 PM.
Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the April 14th event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive documents. BBB staff will be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important step, but it doesn’t end there,” said Warren King, president of the BBB. “That’s why BBB experts will also be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
According to a report from Javelin Strategy and Research, identity fraud increased to 4.90% in 2011 from 4.35% in 2010. This represents a 12.6% increase. The total number of identity fraud victims also increased to about 11.6 million U.S. adults in 2011, compared to 10.2 million victims in 2010.
“This is largely a crime of access,” added King. “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders. For more information, go to www.bbb.org or call 412-456-2700.
About the BBB System
BBB is an unbiased organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 116 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 4 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about the BBB System.
About Pleasant Hills Municipal Building
Pleasant Hills Municipal Building enables, empowers and encourages lifelong learning and discovery. Visit our website at http://www.pleasanthillspa.com.
About The Paper Exchange
Established in 1996, we are one of the largest independently and locally owned providers of document destruction to all types of organizations in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia & Eastern Ohio. The Paper exchange can also service national accounts through our affiliation with IPSA. The paper exchange is more poised than ever to continue providing outstanding service programs to our customers. Since our inception, we have continued to invest in quality people and equipment in our efforts to maximize our efficiency. In 2004, we increased our capacity by installing a new state-of-the-art shredding facility and continue to add new vehicles to our fleet of trucks. In 2005 and 2006 the paper exchange was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing companies by The Pittsburgh Business Times. The paper exchange offers a full range of office solutions from file record storage, to the shredding of sensitive materials like invoices, credit card numbers, financial statements, Healthcare information, client, and employee personal information. The Paper exchange is a NAID AAA certified company, which is the highest certification for security in the industry. No matter the size or need of your organization, the paper exchange has an affordable program to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.thepaperexchange.org.
About First Commonwealth Bank
First Commonwealth Financial Corporation is a $6.4 billion financial holding company headquartered in Indiana, Pennsylvania. It operates 115 retail branch offices in 15 counties in western and central Pennsylvania through First Commonwealth Bank, a Pennsylvania chartered bank and trust company. Financial services and insurance products are also provided through First Commonwealth Insurance Agency and First Commonwealth Financial Advisors, Inc.