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VIDEO: Rising concern about data security makes for a busy shredding event in Langley

Cars and trucks lined up at annual Langley Senior Resources Society fundraiser on Saturday

Cars and trucks were lining up to dump documents into a shredder at the Langley Senior Resources Society parking lot on Saturday, May 11, part of the organization’s annual by-donation disposal event.

“It’s a busy morning already,” remarked society executive director Kate Ludlam, just a few minutes after the first cars began pulling up with bags and totes filled with potentially sensitive papers for destruction.

“It’s a beautiful day and people are being very generous with their donations.”

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As boxes of documents were ground into confetti, Rod Ivey, district manager of shredding services for RecordXpress, the company the owned the shredding trucks, noted more people appear to be concerned about personal data security lately, which is translating into more visitors to the company and events like the Saturday “shredathon.”

“That [people bringing in documents for safe shredding] is increasing at all our locations, actually,” Ivey remarked.

“People are bringing it in, where they never used to before.”

Ivey thinks some of that may be due to recent well-publicized data breaches.

He recommends people should always shred anything that has their name on it, or their address, anything that can identify them. 

“Because that’s all people need nowadays, is your name and address,” he noted.

“Now you’re a little more cautious of what you do with your identity, anything with your name on it.”

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With sponsorship by from RICK the Realtor, the event also featured a special sale by the society Tuk Shop Thrift Boutique and a hotdog lunch at the cafe.

The event raised a total of $7,017.88, reported Ludlam, “mostly donations made by those coming through for shredding and some from our Tuk Shop and lunch sales.

“All in all, a great event that we hope to make happen every year.”

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