Ridgewood Savings Bank has announced that it has designated April and May as Security Awareness Months, and will be providing the community with important information and services intended to increase people’s personal identity security.
The bank also will offer free document shredding services at 10 of its branches to help customers and community residents avoid identity theft.
“As a community-focused bank, we consider it a priority to enable people to protect themselves against fraud and identity theft, which are increasingly prevalent problems affecting us all,” said Peter Boger, the bank’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.
“This program makes it easier for residents of the communities we serve to shred their personal and confidential documents — a crucial preventative security measure — and learn other ways to avoid becoming victims of fraud,” Boger said in a statement issued by the bank on April 4.
Free document shredding services will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at rotating Ridgewood branches in Queens on the following dates:
Saturday, April 14 at 71-02 Forest Ave., in Ridgewood;
Saturday, April 14 at 230-22 Merrick Blvd. in Laurelton; and
Saturday, April 28, at 43-14 Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria.
Shredding services also will be available on select Saturdays in April and May at Ridgewood branches in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, Manhattan and Yonkers.
Reservations are not required.
People may bring their documents to the bank branch of their choice on the scheduled date and time and place them in a hopper that will be provided.
There is a two-carton document limit per household.
USA Shred will shred the documents compliments of Ridgewood Savings Bank.
Throughout April and May the bank also will be providing a “Protect Privacy” booklet at all branch locations.
The booklet includes numerous important personal security tips that can help people avoid fraud.