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Bank to offer shredding services

Published on -3/25/2013, 1:31 PM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

Officials at Astra Bank today announced it will host another Shred Fest event Saturday.

"As everyone is aware, identity theft is a critical issue today," said Astra Bank's Bryan Armendariz. "One of our top priorities at Astra Bank is doing all we can to ensure the highest security for our customers' financial accounts, and we don't think that security should stop at our front doors. The Shred Fest is a way we can help our customers and everyone else protect themselves."

"Each year, nearly every household accumulates a great deal of personal financial and health documents, all of which need to be disposed of in a secure manner," Armendariz said. "To help people decide which of their documents to destroy, we've developed a 'What and When to Shred' schedule."

Armendariz said Astra Bank recommends the following guidelines for deciding what documents to shred and when to shred them:

* Bank statements -- Shred after the account is reconciled.

* Credit card statements -- Keep one tax year's worth.

* Monthly bills -- Shred anything older than one year.

* Tax records -- Keep the last seven years.

"These guidelines are only a general recommendation. An individual's circumstances may dictate they keep certain records longer. Astra Bank suggests a person use their own discretion when deciding what and when to destroy personal documents," Armendariz said.

There is no charge for having documents destroyed at the Shred Fest. Any individual can bring up to three bags or containers of personal documents to be destroyed. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed prior to shredding. The actual document shredding at the Shred Fest is performed by an AAA-Certified shredding company. Anyone who wishes to view the destruction of their documents can do so.

The Shred Fest takes place at Astra Bank at the following times:

* Hays location, 1100 Fort, 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

* Plainville location, 113 W. Mill, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

"We hope everyone will help safeguard themselves from identity thieves by taking advantage of this free service," Armendariz said.

Chartered since 1911, Astra Bank has become known as the bank with deep roots and a deeper commitment in the communities it serves -- Abilene, Belleville, Chapman and Scandia, and Sutton, Neb. It offers a broad range of financial services, and access to its services through a network of ATMs and online banking. Astra Bank is a member of the FDIC.

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