Prevail Bank is located at 5709 Windy Dr. in Stevens Point. (Contributed)

Free paper-shredding days scheduled

By Patrick Lynn

Stevens Point — In an effort to combat identity theft and support local initiatives, Stevens Point has organized a Free Community Shred Day Event for paper documents. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosted by Prevail Bank, the event not only provides local citizens with a safe way to dispose of sensitive documents but also offers a charitable opportunity. Prevail Bank has pledged to donate $1 for each pound of paper shredded, with donations going towards the Plover River Crossing Project. The bank has committed to donating up to $1,000 to the cause.

For those unable to attend the May 21 event, an alternative shredding opportunity will be available at the Prevail Bank – Wausau branch on Thursday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $5 donation per box is encouraged for more than three boxes. The event is open to everyone in the community.

Shredding confidential information is strongly recommended, according to IdentityTheft.org, which also said the number of identity theft cases in the U.S. is nearly three times higher than in other countries.

Consumers aged 30-39 were the most victimized, followed by those 40-49, so it’s important for people to safeguard their personal information.

To further assist individuals in protecting themselves against identity theft, Prevail Bank professionals will be available to provide information on credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services.

Prevail Bank, a community bank in central Wisconsin, is dedicated to giving back and supporting local initiatives.

For more information on the Free Community Shred Day Event, contact Prevail Bank at 800.205.0914 or visit their website.