VACAVILLE, CA - Travis Credit Union in partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Solano County, Security-Shred Inc., and E-Waste Recovery Systems invites local individuals and small businesses to take the first step in identity protection: If you don’t need it, dispose of it…responsibly.

The free community service will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon, at Travis Credit Union Headquarters located at One Travis Way in Vacaville where expert advice and resources for protecting personal information from ID thieves will be made available to the public. Free on-the-spot document shredding and prescriptive advice for protecting personal identity from ID thieves will also be provided.

Solano County residents and small businesses can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded as well as take home the tips and resources they need to help protect their confidential information. E-waste materials (i.e. obsolete computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, cell phones, PDA’s, etc.) can be dropped off for recycling as well on the day of the event.

“Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important first step, but it doesn’t end there,” said Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president and CEO of Travis Credit Union. “That’s why Better Business Bureau experts will also distribute important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”

Last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according a report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that the majority (56 percent) of ID theft occurs when the thief had direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan, or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.

“This is largely a crime of access,” added Van Ouwerkerk. “Our goal here is to make personal information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.”

Headquartered in Vacaville, California, Travis Credit Union is a not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Sonoma, Colusa, and Merced Counties. Currently, Travis Credit Union is the 11th largest credit union in California, with more than 177,000 members and more than $1.9 billion in assets. As one of the leading financial institutions in Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, Napa, and Merced Counties, Travis Credit Union’s strength lies in its faithful commitment to its members; its solid, secure history; and its long-standing track record of dedicated service.

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