WHERE: NEDERLAND COMMUNITY CENTER LOWER LEVEL PARKING LOT
WHY: TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE NEDERLAND CRIME STOPPERS PROGRAM
COST: $4.00 PER BANKER’S BOX (30 LBS) OR 13 GALLON TRASH BAG, LIMIT 4 BOXES AND/OR BAGS PER PERSON
The Nederland Police Department is sponsoring a Shred-a-Thon on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 am. – 1:00 p.m. at the Community Center. We have raised enough money from sponsors to pay for the truck that is coming up to shred the documents, so all proceeds will now go directly towards our Crime Stoppers program. I hope to make this an annual event, not just for the residents and businesses of the Town of Nederland but for people throughout the Peak-to-Peak region (Ward to Rollinsville).
We hope this will be a positive way for people to take some responsibility for their own identity theft prevention by shredding old documents (i.e. bank statements, retirement plan statements, phone & utility bills, medical records, etc.) and not just disposing of them in the trash or regular recycling where savvy would-be thieves are waiting to retrieve personal information. It’s also a great summer cleaning project for around the house.
Office Depot charges $1.99 per pound to shred your documents. We are charging $4.00 per banker’s box and/or 13 gallon trash bags (30 pounds) and are limiting the number of boxes/bags per person to four (4). I’ve been told that when other towns have put on these events and have allowed unlimited number of containers of paperwork to be shredded, by the time the people at the end of the line get to the truck, it’s already filled. I want to give everyone the opportunity to destroy their paperwork so that is why I am limiting the number of containers.
The truck that is coming up belongs to a company called Xpress Shred, out of Englewood. The truck has a camera mounted on the outside so that as you deposit your items to be shredded, you can watch as it is being destroyed. That way there are no worries that it will not occur. The company, Xpress Shred, is audited by an independent 3rd party, is approved by the BBB and is AAA certified. I think you can rest assured that your documents will be disposed of safely . In addition to paper, they will also dispose of any computer equipment and hard drives that you’ve been wanted to get rid of, for no extra cost.
Here is a guideline for a personal records retention schedule that I found on the internet and it has proved very helpful to me. I hope it helps you, as well! Accident reports/settled claims (7 yrs.); bank statements (1 year);cancelled checks (toss once you receive your bank statements); expired contracts (7 yrs.); still in effect contracts (permanently); legal and important matters correspondence (permanently);credit card statements (1 yr.); deeds, mortgages, bills of sale (permanently); deposit slips (once verified with bank statement (toss); expired insurance policies (1 yr.); insurance records, accident reports, claims, policies (permanently);investment statements (original cost basis and year-end statements (permanently); lawsuits (any documentation) (7 yrs.); legal documents (wills, powers of attorney, etc.) (permanently); legal documents old versions of same (toss); medical records (details of surgeries, diagnosis, procedures) (permanently); credit card receipts (1 yr); personal tax returns and supporting documents (7 yrs.). There are many websites that have this information and some suggest different lengths of time to retain the documents. You may also want to double-check with your accountant or tax person to be certain for your own personal needs.