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Marsha McLean: Protect your identity and the environment

Live from City Hall

Posted: September 17, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips.

We pay our bills, balance our checkbooks, diligently manage our credit and even do our taxes without help.

In an instant, however, our personal information can be stolen, ruining years of hard work.

Social Security and credit card numbers, bank account information, driver’s licenses and other valuable data can be used against us if it falls into the wrong hands.

The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station invite residents to participate in the annual Community Safe & Secure Collection Event to prevent such identity theft.

The event, held on Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus, is a one-stop-shop for residents to safely discard sensitive materials for free.

At the document disposal portion of the event, the city will assist residents in protecting themselves from identity theft by shredding personal documents — one of the best ways to prevent this ever-growing crime.

Residents can bring empty binders, unwanted or expired credit cards and more to be safely destroyed by Confidential Data Destruction, a local Santa Clarita company with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local small businesses.

Each participant may bring up to five boxes of personal papers of any kind, complete with staples and paper clips, for the city to shred for free.

Electronic items (e-waste) will also be disposed of free of charge at the event. Computer equipment including desktops, laptops, keyboards, printers, cables, monitors and more will be accepted for disposal.

Office equipment like telephones, fax machines and copiers with toner cartridges removed, as well as consumer electronics like VCRs, cassette players, stereo equipment, audio/visual media, PDAs, cell phones and more will be accepted as well.

Keeping unnecessary medication at home creates the potential for misuse or theft, and disposing of it in the trash or flushing it down the drain harms our ecosystem.

The Safe Medicine Disposal, or MedDrop, area will offer a secure place to submit prescription, over-the-counter and veterinary medication to be properly destroyed by the Sheriff’s Department.

Syringes will not be accepted.

The city and sheriff’s Community Safe & Secure Collection event makes it easy for community members to dispose of sensitive materials at no cost.

Leave personal papers, computers, medicine and more with organizations you can trust — the city of Santa Clarita, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and Confidential Data Destruction.

Bring your materials to the event on Oct. 10 rest assured your personal items will be destroyed properly and securely.  
For more information, please visit www.SCVSheriff.com or call (661) 286-4090.

Marsha McLean is a Santa Clarita City Councilwoman. Her views reflect her own and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” runs Fridays in The Signal and is provided by the city of Santa Clarita.

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