In an effort to prevent seniors from becoming the victims of identify theft and fraud, the Atlantic County Division of Integenerational Services is providing paper shredders at each of the county?s nine senior centers. County residents age 60 years and older are welcome to shred personal documents at any of the centers on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9:30 and 11 AM. There is no fee for the service and assistance is available. Residents are also invited to stay for a lunchtime meal provided they make a reservation two days in advance.
Shredding personal documents is the best method of disposal to avoid falling victim to identity theft. It is recommended that anything containing personal information or social security numbers be shredded before disposal. This may include health forms, paycheck stubs (after one year), check registers and canceled checks (after three years), and tax returns and supporting documents (after seven years).
“I encourage all residents to protect themselves from identify theft, but especially seniors who are most often targeted for this purpose,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Shredders are available at the following nine Atlantic County Senior Centers:
Brigantine – 31st and Bayshore Drive
Buena – 600 Central Avenue
Dr. Arthur Leinweber Center – 235 Dolphin Avenue, Northfield
Egg Harbor City – 341-351 Cincinnati Avenue
Egg Harbor Township – 3052 English Creek Avenue
Hammonton – 310 Bellevue Avenue
(609) 567-3200, ext. 37
Jeffries Towers – 227 N. Vermont Avenue, Atlantic City
(Closed for renovations until May 14)
Pogachefsky Center – 1102 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City
Ventnor – 6500 Atlantic Avenue
For more information, contact the Division of Intergenerational Services by calling 2-1-1.