CRM encourages residents to protect themselves from identity theft

UK residents are being encouraged to protect themselves in National Identity Fraud Prevention Week - by taking advantage of a shredding initiative organised by Crown Records Management and high street retail network, Mail Boxes Etc.
For one week only – between October 18-23 - customers can go into their local Mail Boxes Etc. (please see list below for full participating stores) and destroy any unwanted paper for free, with an allowance of up to 10kg per person.
The scheme comes at a time when the number of identity thefts and data breaches is growing worldwide as information becomes a high-value commodity.
Simon Allen, Business Development Manager for Information Services says: "Securely destroying your sensitive information, including bank statements and anything which contains your personal details, will help prevent against identity theft and data breaches.
"People should remember their documents are valuable. Criminals will use any information they can get their hands on – to clone banks accounts, open up a fraudulent account or sell data on. Sometimes just having your name and address could be enough.
"Our advice is don’t just put sensitive information in the recycling bins and think tearing it up is enough. Use a secure shredding service which provides you with the comfort and peace of mind your information has been destroyed. It’s better to be safe than sorry."
James Simmons, Marketing Manager at Mail Boxes Etc., says: "Our partnership with Crown Records Management allows us to offer both local businesses and personal customers a convenient location to drop off sensitive documents and hard drives for secure destruction all year round. We are proud to support National Identity Fraud Prevention Week to raise awareness of the issue of identity theft, and hope to help our customers keep their private data out of the hands of criminals."
This initiative is being offered in 35 of Mail Boxes Etc.’s network of more than 150 stores across the UK. The partnership means that participating Mail Boxes Etc. stores will offer a shredding service to the local community in addition to worldwide parcel delivery, courier or postal services, print and copy, mailbox rental, OneDrop ‘click & collect’ and virtual office packages.
List of participating stores
Mail Boxes Etc. Surbiton-
Mail Boxes Etc. Woking
Mail Boxes Etc. Cheltenham
Mail Boxes Etc. Egham
Mail Boxes Etc. Luton
Mail Boxes Etc. Hitchin
Mail Boxes Etc. Birmingham
Mail Boxes Etc. Paisley
Mail Boxes Etc. Chichester 
Mail Boxes Etc. Watford
Mail Boxes Etc. Milton Keynes
Mail Boxes Etc. Manchester Deansgate
Mail Boxes Etc. Wolverhampton
Mail Boxes Etc. Worcester
Mail Boxes Etc. Bromley
Mail Boxes Etc. Lewisham
Mail Boxes Etc. London – New Cross
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Barnes
Mail Boxes Etc. Newcastle
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Hampstead
Mail Boxes Etc. Altrincham
Mail Boxes Etc. Bedford
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Enfield
Mail Boxes Etc. Edinburgh – Morningside
Mail Boxes Etc. Edinburgh – West End
Mail Boxes Etc. Ruislip
Mail Boxes Etc. London Mill Hill
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Islington
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Clerkenwell
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Greenwich
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Putney
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Wimbledon
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Barbican
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Bloomsbury
Mail Boxes Etc. London – Chelsea