shreds of paper preventing identity theft

Protect Your Identity by Attending a Community Shred Event

With identity thieves lurking, it can be stressful worrying over the security of your identity. A major way to cut down on the risk of identity theft is to shred any unnecessary personal documents you don’t need, such as tax returns, pay stubs and old bank records.

At Minster Bank, we’re here to help protect you against identity theft with our free Community Shred events, and the next one will be at the Sidney office of Minster Bank located at 117 West Russell Road in Sidney, Ohio.

The Community Shred event will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until the truck is full.

Shred Important Documents to Prevent Identity Theft

Minster Bank hosts Community Shred events a couple of times a year to allow residents to shred up to five bags of documents free of charge. You don’t have to be a Minster Bank customer to participate.

Your documents are destroyed on site by a Shred-It truck. The Shred-It truck can hold over 9,000 pounds of documents, according to Rhonda Keister, who manages the Sidney office of Minster Bank.

“The documents are shredded before they leave the parking lot,” Keister says, noting shredding documents is key to identity theft prevention. “In my opinion, the least amount of paper that our customers maintain would help reduce their risk of identity theft.”


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Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft: Enroll in Online Banking

Another way to cut down on your paper trail is to enroll in online or mobile banking.

“When our customers enroll in online banking, bill pay, or mobile banking they limit exposing their confidential information, which will reduce the risk of identity theft,” Keister explains.

Customers enrolled in online and mobile banking can check their accounts regularly, which enables them to identify suspicious activity sooner rather than later.

“The sooner we can thwart the bad guys getting their information, the less damage they can do to our customers financially,” adds Keister.

Worried about the difficulty of managing your account online? Minster Bank can help you navigate.

“If customers want to come into the office, we can show them how to use online and mobile banking,” Keister says. “With identifying information, customers can also enroll themselves into our online programs.”


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Are You A Victim of Identity Theft?

If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, check out these steps on how to report identity theft or fraudulent activity on your account.

One way to monitor for identity theft or fraud is to check your credit report. You can access a free credit report every year by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com, the only authorized source under federal law.

Protect Yourself For Free at Our Community Shred Events

Destroy confidential documents you no longer need and decrease your risk of those documents getting in the wrong hands, all without having to pull out your wallet at our Community Shred events.

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until the truck is full to get the peace of mind you need when protecting your identity.

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