COMMUNITY SHRED DAYS HELP HUNDREDS OF MISSISSIPPIANS COMBAT IDENTITY THEFT

March 11, 2014

Attorney General Jim Hood is pleased to announce the results of Mississippi’s eighth annual Community Shred Days held statewide March 7 & 8.

“We are happy to report that our numbers are up significantly this year from past years,” said Attorney General Hood. “Thank you to all who came out to support the event. We especially appreciate our sponsors support of this event so that we can help Mississippians avoid becoming victims of identity theft.”

The Attorney General’s Office would like to give an extra thank you to Cintas for stepping in at the last minute when the former partner stepped out saying they could no longer offer to provide the service for free.

Here are the final numbers of pounds shredded and consumers helped this year:

POUNDS

  • Jackson……………………36,750 lbs (up from 20,000 last year)
  • Tupelo……………………..21,000 lbs (up from 6,900 last year)
  • Meridian………………….12,600 lbs (up from 5,000 last year)
  • D ’Iberville………………..8,000 lbs (up from 3,720 last year)
  • Hattiesburg………………8,000 lbs (up from 6,500 last year)
  • Vicksburg………………….7,700 lbs (down from 8,000 last year)

Total pounds shred 2014……………………94,050

Total pounds shred 2013……………………50,120

CONSUMERS

  • Jackson= 441 (up from 243 last year)
  • Tupelo= 355 (down from 375 last year)
  • Meridian= 216 (up from 84 last year)
  • D’Iberville= 185 (up from 118 last year)
  • Hattiesburg= 180 (up from 159 last year)
  • Vicksburg= 136 (down from 139 last year)

Total consumers 2014………………………1,513

Total consumers 2013……………………….1,118

New to the event this year was the sponsorship of Magnolia Data Solutions (MDS). MDS is Mississippi’s only certified electronic recycling facility. During the Community Shred day, MDS offered consumers a way to destroy their electronic items that contained sensitive data. Here are the numbers reported by MDS:

EQUIPMENT DESTROYED (Jackson event)

  • Computer/laptops – 137 units
  • Hard drives shredded on site – approximately 261 units
  • Cell phones shredded on site – approximately 52 units
  • Backup tapes/cds/cassettes – approximately 30 pounds

Cards were made available to consumers at all other locations. These cards will allow them a ONE-TIME opportunity to bring up to five of their electronic items to the MDS Jackson MS facility. The cards expire January 1, 2015.

This year’s event was a partnership between the Attorney General’s Office, Cintas, BancorpSouth, Magnolia Data Solutions, the Secretary of State’s Office, ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (formerly CredAbility), Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Leadership Council on Aging, Mississippi State University Extension Service, BancorpSouth Insurance Services, and other Mississippi Consumer Education Partnership members.

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