PHOENIX - There’s a reason Valley resident Jane Hansen makes sure to shred her old pieces of mail on a regular basis.
“Mostly for identity theft,” said Hansen, “and of course, your address is on there. And we’ve had our house broken into, a year-and-a-half ago.”
She took part in the UPS Shred-a-Thon on Saturday, bringing in a number of important documents to shred at the store location on Tatum Boulevard. Half of the proceeds from each shredding will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“You just hear a lot about things, people going through your trash so we have to be careful with that,” said Hansen.
And according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Arizona has the highest identity theft complaint rate in the country.
“I think it’s more of an awareness issue. I think that people are unaware that there is such a high identity theft rate,” said Bryan Vial, who works as the store manager for the Tatum Boulevard UPS store and also is in charge of advertising for UPS stores throughout the greater Phoenix area.
Carolyn Preiser passed by three UPS stores before dropping off a big box of papers for shredding at the Tatum Boulevard store. For her, it was a win-win situation.
“For myself, it’s not only about donating to a good cause, but to be careful,” Preiser said. “You have to be careful with identity theft.”
UPS hopes to expand the one-day event to northern parts of Arizona next year.