Consumer DebtThe Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) will host two data destruction days. These free community events are designed to ensure private information is secure after used computer components are destroyed. The BBB is teaming up with local BBB accredited businesses, BlueStar Recyclers and FOX News Channel 21 for both initiatives, which are sponsored by Navakai.

They will take place at the Ent Federal Credit Union Woodmen Service Center at 7110 Campus Drive (east parking lot). The first event is slated for Friday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and the second is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call the BBB at 636-1155.

“These events provide an opportunity for the BBB to connect with the community, while simultaneously providing security and peace of mind to all those who participate,” said Matt Barrett, CEO of the BBB of Southern Colorado.

BlueStar Recyclers will manage all the data destruction logistics by pulling out and destroying hard disk drives on all personal or business computers. Donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will benefit the BBB Foundation High School Scholarship Program. In addition, people are welcome to bring monitors and TVs to the events, and they can be recycled for an additional charge ranging from $10-20, depending on size.

Many people don’t properly discard their data when they buy new equipment, opening them to the possibility of data theft. Often, citizens and businesses think their information is not important enough to be the target of data theft. However, there are many ways that different types of data can be used. Personal information, bank account details, GPS coordinates, popular destinations, photos, videos and much more are readily available if not properly managed and destroyed, which can lead to crimes such as identity and financial theft.