Consider This: Protect your identity at KCBD Shred-A-Thon

Identity theft has become a national crisis. That's why KCBD is partnering with FirstBank & Trust, Lubbock File Room, and D&K Hunt Electric to bring you the 2nd Annual KCBD Shred-A-Thon.

The Department of Justice tells us that in 2014, 17.6 million Americans were victims of some kind of identity theft. That's about one in 14 people every year!

Your family's financial security, and even its safety, can be compromised by careless disposal of papers that contain personal information. Trash bins and landfills are not secure.

But Wednesday, you can drop off old tax returns, bank statements, estate papers, credit card applications and other sensitive documents to FirstBank & Trust at 7806 Indiana Ave., just south of the motor bank in Melonie Square Shopping Center, or at Lubbock File Room at 510 34th Street.

We will shred your documents for you at no charge.

Consider this...this is just one of the ways that KCBD NewsChannel 11 works every day with our sponsors to keep you and your family safe.

Join us at our 2nd Annual KCBD Shred-A-Thon and shred any chance of your information falling into the wrong hands.

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'Consider This' is a commentary by KCBD Vice-President and General Manager Dan Jackson.

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