UNION COUNTY — Identity thieves in Union County now have fewer opportunities to steal identities after six tons of documents with personal information was turned in for shredding and recycling during Union County’s Shred Day.
The two-hour event took place Friday, April 21 in the parking lot in front of Letha King State Farm at 408 N. Duncan By-Pass, Suite C, Union. A truck from Shred-A-Away, a Boiling Springs-based firm that specializes in shredding up documents with personal information on them, was parked in the parking lot with Shred-A-Way personnel taking bags and boxes of documents and putting them in bins. The bins, which could hold up to 400 pounds, were then emptied into the truck to be shredded on-site and recycled.
“It was great,” Shred-A-Way Accounts Manager Mandy Ivey said Tuesday morning. “We had about 30 bins (of documents). We had a great turnout.”
In addition to the paper documents that were turned in for disposal, Ivey said several laptops were also brought in and will be disposed of as well.
Letha King, owner of Letha King State Farm, said she was pleased with the turnout for the event which she said her agency decided to sponsor to help their customers and other residents of Union County protect themselves from identity theft.
“The reason we decided to do it was, first, it coincided with Earth Day,” King said Tuesday. “The main reason, however, was that we’ve had customers come in expressing concerns about identity thieves. We discussed it here and decided to sponsor this so they could have their information disposed of safely and protect themselves from identity theft. It’s a good way to give back to the community.”
King said that she and Ivey are friends and were able to work together to bring the Shred-A-Way truck to her agency Friday and collect personal information for shredding. She said she was very happy at the turnout, at the number of people taking the opportunity to safely dispose of their personal information and keep it out of the hands of identity thieves.
“We had over 80 cars that came through,” King said. “That was 30 bins, that was 12,000 pounds.”
Given the success of Friday’s Shred Day, King said “we are definitely planning on doing it again. We’ve got to coordinate it with Shred-A-Way and we’re hoping to hold it again this fall. If not, then we’ll do it this time next year.”
For more information about Letha King State Farm and the services it provides call 864-427-5634.
Located in Boiling Springs, Shred-A-Way offers the following services:
• Scheduled Container Service which involving locking containers for document storage at no charge. The containers can be served on a monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly basis depending on the requirements of the client. The shredding is done on-site and the shredded paper is recycled. The charges are by container.
• On-Call Service is for clients who need only infrequent service, but need access to locking containers. Shredding is done on-site and the shredded paper is recycled. The company will make every effort to service the containers within 48 hours of request.
• Clean-Outs Service is offered to clients requiring annual, on-time, or occasional shredding service. The company offers a special priced clean-out program, priced to handle large volumes of paper or other material. Pricing for this service may vary depending on the amount of labor involved and the amount of material destroyed.
• Special Services for the destruction of microfiche, plastics, computer disks, tapes, credit card, and other media. Call for details.
For more information about Shred-A-Way and the services it provides call 864-426-1668.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.