Identity theft is a huge problem and it is only getting bigger thanks to recent data breaches involving insurance giant Anthem.

Last year Target, Home Depot, UPS and Sally Beauty were just a few on a long list of U.S. businesses targeted by hackers. Protecting your financial and personal information has become a top life priority for most people, or it should be.

According to a recent CNN Money report, identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission. People having their IRS refunds stolen has surfaced as a growing crime this tax season.

Identity theft is a crime that can make your life miserable for years, just ask my little sister, Carolyn. It happened to her and it took years to straighten things out. Even now she gets nervous when weird things show up in her mail or email.

One way to protect your sensitive documents is to shred them and the easiest way to have that done (without buying or feeding a personal shredder) is to have the Better Business Bureau and Sioux Empire CrimeStoppers do it for you, by the bag or boxful!

Secure Your ID Day 2015 is coming up on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in three Sioux Falls locations:

  • Westside - Minnwest Bank parking lot, corner of 57th Street & Louise Avenue
  • Central - Washington Pavilion ramp (enter off of 13th Street)
  • Eastside - Shopko parking lot, east 10th Street & Sycamore Avenue

The suggested donation is $5 per box and you'll be supporting Crime Stoppers of the Sioux Empire in their effort to fight crime.

For more information click here or check out the Better Business Bureau website.