Local event stresses importance of getting rid of personal documents the right way

Altra Community Shred Day was held at the La Crosse Branch of the credit union on Saturday.

The event offered free and confidential shredding of one grocery bag’s worth of paper items per household.

Altra Employees and Crime Stopper volunteers helped people get rid of documents with sensitive information such as names, addresses, phones numbers and social security numbers.

“When you throw your things in the garbage, identity theft is a big concern now. It’s great to be able to get these things shredded, so that you don’t have to worry about your information out there for whoever can get their hands on it,” said Kelly Galvan, the on-site representative for Altra.

Any kind of bank statements, credit card or utility bills, or medical bills should be shredded before they are thrown away.

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