Identity theft is a well-known problem for individuals. The Federal Trade Commission states upwards of 9 million personal identities are stolen each year in the U.S. and used to fraudulently purchase goods and services.
The fear of identity theft is just as big a problem for businesses, which spend thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars each year in storage fees, document shredding and electronics recycling costs.
This reality doesn't sit well with Niagara County officials, who are now taking steps to safeguard their communities and offset the cost of properly destroying personal records.
Two "Protect Your Identity Days" will be held in September. Residents and businesses can take advantage of free, on-site information elimination on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the North Tonawanda Department of Public Works, and on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the GM Components Holdings parking lot in Lockport.