Longietti co-sponsoring free shred event in Hermitage Saturday, April 24

HERMITAGE, April 15 State Rep. Mark Longietti is encouraging residents to bring unwanted documents to a free shredding event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 24 at the Shenango Valley Senior Community Center, located at 220 N. Buhl Farm Drive in Hermitage.

Longietti, D-Mercer, said the event – which will continue until noon or until the shred truck is full –   provides a safe, convenient way for residents to guard against fraud and identity theft.

"The spate of recent scams targeting cell phone and computer users has focused our attention lately on avoiding tech-based fraud, but we should not lose sight of the fact that criminals can find a trove of personal information in improperly discarded documents,” Longietti said. “Our shredding event is a perfect opportunity to dispose of old credit card or bank statements; unneeded tax, insurance or medical records; or any other documents with sensitive personal information.

“Residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper, and with volunteers unloading and depositing the documents for on-site shredding, folks can remain in their vehicles throughout. It’s a simple, secure way to ensure sensitive personal information does not end up in the wrong hands.”

Longietti is co-sponsoring the event with the Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources, and the Better Business Bureau.

Residents with questions can call Longietti’s district office at 724-981-4655 or his satellite office – open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – at 724-588-1005.