January 10, 2017
“Shred the Word” – Identity Theft Prevention Event Update
On Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., the Flagler Beach Police Department, in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Synergy and Homebridge Financial Services, participated in “Shred the Word”, a free community event designed to prevent identity theft.
“Shred the Word” afforded the public an opportunity to bring personal information (financial documents, receipts, bank statements, etc.) on paper or computer disc, and have them shredded for free. The mobile shredding machine secured by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Synergy and Homebridge Financial Services collected over 6,000 pounds (3+ tons) in two (2) hours. The collected paper will be recycled to make paper towels, napkins and other paper products.
“The public’s response and support for this event was overwhelming,” said Police Chief Matt Doughney. “The thought process behind this free event was to help prevent identity theft in our community and I think we accomplished that on Saturday. The collection and secured shredding of over 3 tons of documents that could easily be used to steal someone’s identity is a great way to start off the new year.”
“This, our second annual paper shredding event, was a huge success,” said Kendall Caputo Broker / Owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Synergy. “In the past two years we helped area residents securely destroy over ten thousand pounds of un-needed documents with personal information. We are grateful to our co-sponsors, the Flagler Beach Police Department and Homebridge Financial Services, for making this FREE community service possible.”
If you have any questions regarding the outcome of this year’s “Shred the Word” event, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2023.
Pictured from left to right;
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney, Kendall Caputo, Broker / Owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Synergy.