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Local bank fills 17 shred bins at community event
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Customers and neighbors of Heritage Bank of North Florida filled more than 17 bins with papers, CDs, X-rays and other personal data to be shredded at its Memorial Day Shred event and cookout. Bank staff served 160 hot dogs, sodas and chips during the cookout at the Orange Park branch.

Securing your identity is critical to protect your family from identity theft and experts agree that one of the best methods is to shred documents that have identifying information. To help customers and local residents protect their identities, Heritage Bank held the free shred day and Memorial Day cookout on May 25.

Shred for Good, a local non-profit shredding company, collected the sensitive documents in the locked bins, which are later transported to their facility for shredding.

Sensitive documents that contain names, addresses, account numbers or other identifying information should be shredded. That information can be used by fraudsters to establish false identities or steal an individual's identity. Millions of dollars are lost each year by consumers who are victims of identity theft.

"The shred event is a great way for us to help ensure the financial security of our customers," said Randy Knepper, president and CEO of Heritage Bank of North Florida.

Heritage Bank of North Florida opened in 1986 in Orange Park as Clay County Bank, then later opened a branch in Ponte Vedra Beach. In 2000, they became Heritage Bank of North Florida. Heritage Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank, serving businesses and residents throughout the North Florida region.

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