President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Valley Community Bank James M. Ford, has announced the bank’s 12th Annual Free Document Shredding events with partner, Pacific Shredding. The 20 events begin Tuesday, April 10, with the first shredding event being held 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Oakhurst branch located at 40004 Highway 41 in the Old Mill shopping Center.
Bank customers, businesses and the community are invited to attend the document shredding events for the opportunity to shred confidential files safely, securely and free of charge. Up to four banker boxes per person or business can be brought to the bank for shredding.
Participants are asked to bring paper documents only, and to remove binders, metal binder clips and other items in advance of visiting ther dhredding event.Empty boxes will be returned for personal recycling.
“We pride ourselves on being a trusted resource for customers and the community by providing educational programs like our Annual Document Shredding events strategically held during tax season as a reminder of this important subject,” said Ford. “Our goal is to provide a safe and convenient location for community members to shred sensitive documents and to learn helpful tips to protect themselves from identity theft and cybercrimes.”
Understanding how to safely manage both digital and hard copy records has become a complex process for the American public.
A recent Identity Fraud Report released by Javelin Strategy & Research earlier this year showed that 16.7 million Americans were affected by identity theft in 2017, an 8% increase from 2016.
To help counter this problem, Central Valley Community Bank offers educational tools including its Financial Health Club, an online resource center on their website where the public can easily find the personal and business information they need to keep their finances safe. Educational resources include how to safeguard sensitive data, fraud prevention tips and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft or cybercrime.
“Knowing what documents to save, where and how to save them safely, and how to discard sensitive documents properly can make a world of a difference in protecting yourself or your business against identity theft,” said Sergeant Brian Rogers of the Fresno Police Department and a resident of Oakhurst. “Taking every precaution possible may be difficult, but it is critical to avoid becoming a victim.”
Central Valley Community Bank recommends shredding important documents regularly as one easy step to help prevent becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud. In addition to providing helpful resources on its website at www.cvcb.com and in branches, the bank offers a personal checking account with identity protection features, and recommends reviewing Identity Protection Insurance options for businesses as a proactive measure for customers and the public.
Additional information on other shredding locations and dates can be found on the bank’s website at www.cvcb.com/shredding.
About Central Valley Community Bank
Central Valley Community Bancorp, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Fresno, trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol CVCY. CVCB operates 23 full-service offices throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley and the Sacramento region.