West New York helps ‘Shred Your Identity’ before someone else does

“My favorite thing to do because it’s tough to shred at home and it’s easier to just do it in bulk and I’m glad they offer this opportunity,” says Laxmi Hariharan of Secaucus.

Hudson County Improvement Authority and the town of West New York provide 
this necessary resource to help safeguard and protect your personal information and credit.

“It promotes clean communities and it brings awareness to a huge issue that is sometimes overlooked and that’s identity theft,” says Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez.

Many people, even doctors get rid of files by just throwing them in the garbage 
and the garbage is not a secure place.

“Proper disposal of medical records and information that has critical files I encourage it a lot,” says Mayor Felix Roque.

Christine Grant has been holding onto her stuff for a couple of years

“When I saw the advertisement I said I have to,” the West New York resident says.  “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft is the top consumer complaint — affecting 15 million Americans.

“So to provide a service that does this shows them the proper way to remove their documents and does it for free is a home run,” Rodriguez says.

About The Author

Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis

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