“Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. with more than 13 million victims annually, and most consumers don’t shred nearly as much sensitive information as they should.” - Annette G. Musa, Arizona Market President, Comerica Bank
PHOENIX, AZ – Comerica Bank and information storage and management services company Iron Mountain Incorporated® are teaming up to host the second annual Shred Day Phoenix, a secure document shredding event, on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Phoenix. The free event, which will be held in front of Comerica Theatre on West Washington Street, is offered as a public service to the Phoenix community and designed to raise awareness of identity theft prevention, hunger and recycling.
Shred Day Phoenix allows Valley consumers and business owners to securely destroy sensitive paper documents quickly, efficiently and free of charge. New to this year’s event, there will be no box or bag limit, meaning guests can bring unlimited amounts of paper for secure destruction and recycling, and there will be a dedicated lane for trucks, trailers and vans with large quantities of paper. One hundred percent of the paper collected at Shred Day Phoenix will be turned into pulp and recycled to make future paper goods after being securely destroyed.
St. Mary’s Food Bank volunteers will be onsite to collect suggested donations of non-perishable food items and cash, although a donation is not required for admittance. The Phoenix Police Foundation is also a beneficiary of the event and will be utilizing funds provided by charitable grants from Comerica Bank and Iron Mountain to purchase a new narcotics detector dog for the Phoenix Police Department.
“We are eager to top the nearly 60,000 pounds of sensitive documents we collected and destroyed last year. That’s one of the reasons why we’re inviting consumers, non-profits and businesses to bring us all their unwanted documents this year, as securely shredding documents with sensitive personal information is the single best way to prevent identity theft,” said Annette G. Musa, Comerica Bank’s Arizona Market President. “Everybody wins because we’re helping prevent fraud, reduce pollution, preserve landfill space, save trees and help feed hungry Phoenicians – it’s a great way to spend a few minutes of your Saturday!”
Musa added, “Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. with more than 13 million victims annually, and most consumers don’t shred nearly as much sensitive information as they should.”
Shred Day Phoenix 2015 marks the second community shredding event in the Arizona market hosted by Comerica Bank and Iron Mountain. At last year’s inaugural event, nearly 25,000 total meals were provided by St. Mary’s Food Bank as a result of donations from generous Shred Day Phoenix participants.
The two companies have hosted similar shredding events throughout Michigan, California and Texas. Three-time world record holders for the event, Comerica Bank and Iron Mountain earned Guinness World Records® honors for the most paper collected and shredded in a single day at their Shred Day DFW event in North Texas in 2012, 2014 and in May 2015.
To learn more about the event, and what types of documents should be shredded or retained, please visit www.comerica.com/ShredDayPhoenix.
About Comerica Bank
Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping people and businesses be successful. Comerica Bank serves as the namesake for Phoenix’s premier entertainment venue, Comerica Theatre, and operates 19 full-service banking centers throughout the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In addition to Arizona, Comerica Bank locations can be found in its headquarters state of Texas, as well as in California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $69.9 billion at June 30, 2015. To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares. Follow Comerica on Twitter at @ComericaCares and follow Comerica Chief Economist Robert Dye on Twitter at @Comerica_Econ.
About Iron Mountain Incorporated
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 67 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers with speed and accuracy. And its solutions for records management, data management, document management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.
About the Food Bank
Now in its 48th year of serving Arizona, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 330 partner agencies at 500 locations that serve the hungry. Serving two-thirds of our 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. In Fiscal Year 2014-15, the Food Bank distributed 66 million pounds of food to families and individuals and garnered more than 275,000 volunteer service hours. Web site: wwwStMarysFoodBank.org Phone: 602-242-FOOD.