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Free shredding event April 26

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota and AARP North Dakota are sponsoring a free shredding event April 26, in Jamestown as part of Secure Your ID Day.

At this event, which takes place at First Community Credit Union in Jamestown, area residents and small businesses are invited to shred and properly dispose of up to two boxes of sensitive documents and compact discs free of charge. The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 26, is part of a series of Secure Your ID Day events being hosted by BBBs across the country. First Community Credit Union is located at 111 9th St. SW.

“Secure Your ID Day is a wonderful way for consumers and small business owners to take action and reduce their risk of falling victim to identity theft,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota.

The goal of Secure Your ID Day is to educate consumers about identity theft, which for the 14th straight year topped the list of complaints reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2013, Badgerow said. Of the 2 million complaints the FTC received in 2013, 14 percent were related to identity theft, according to its annual report. The highest reported age group for identity theft was 20-29, comprising 20 percent of those complaints.

BBB and AARP North Dakota staff will be present to provide tips and fact sheets on how to avoid identity theft. There will also be a drawing at each Secure Your ID Day location for a free shredder from AARP North Dakota and the BBB.