Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shred-it to Provide Mobile Shredding Services at the 2nd Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ September 6, 2014, in Monterey, California

Shredding is the most secure means of document destruction, and is a safe way to protect privacy and help prevent identity theft.

Monterey, CA, August 24, 2014 – In addition to over 30 other organizations who will provide important safety information and activities, Shred-it will bring their mobile truck to CIG Insurance’s 2nd CIG Community Safety Saturday™ hosted by Capital Insurance Group in partnership with CIG Insurance Advisor, Monterey Insurance. Shred-it will offer its services to shred documents, helping attendees protect their privacy and fight identity theft and fraud. People are invited to a maximum of two legal size document boxes per person for shredding to the event at Capital Insurance Group, 2300 Garden Road, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Arne Chatterton, CIG Vice President of Field Operations & Business Relations explains, “Protecting privacy and preventing identity theft and fraud is something we all need to be aware of. Shredding is the most secure and cost-effective means of document destruction. It is also an environmentally-friendly means of information destruction because all the shredding material is recycled. We invite the public to bring a maximum of two legal size document boxes per person to Community Safety Saturday where Shred-it will safely shred the material on site.”

Identity theft is currently a huge challenge for us all:
• In 2010, 7.0% of households in the United States, or about 8.6 million households, had at least one member age 12 or older who experienced one or more types of identity theft victimization.

• Among households in which at least one member experienced one or more types of identity theft, 64.1% experienced the misuse or attempted misuse of an existing credit card account in 2010.

• From 2005 to 2010, the percentage of all households with one or more type of identity theft that suffered no direct financial loss increased from 18.5% to 23.7%.

“The best safeguard against personal identity theft is to regularly destroy confidential, personal, and business documents,” says Ken Hafner, General Manager of Shred-it, San Francisco. “Organizing Community Shred events across America raises awareness about the dangers of identity theft and fraud, and encourages consumers and businesses to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from these crimes.”

Capital Insurance Group hosted its first Community Safety Saturday s in 2010; ever since, the event has been held throughout California and Nevada. CIG Community Safety Saturday features activities, demonstrations, and educational services designed to improve the safety and security of children, teens, families, and communities. People of all ages will enjoy free games, prizes, and a wealth of materials and information from many different booths staffed by local and regional organizations.

Capital Insurance Group and its local agency, Monterey Insurance, will co-host the event’s main booth with additional safety information, giveaways and prize drawings. Prize drawings include exciting, family- oriented giveaways, such as an annual family membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Family Plus annual memberships to MY Museum, four season passes to the 2015 Monterey County Fair, four passes for whale watching at Randy’s Whale Watching & Fishing, four passes to a performance at the Pacific Repertory Theatre, four passes for kayaking from Adventures By The Sea, a family pass to Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tours, and a family pass to the Monterey Zoo.

Special Presentations will include:
• Jaws of Life Demonstration at 11:30 am provided by the Monterey Fire Department

• Whiskie the Whale Spotter™, the famous rescue dog from Marine Life Studies, will perform whale tricks at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Additionally, Community Safety Saturday will feature the following attractions:

• California Highway Patrol will coordinate the child car-seat inspection station. They will also bring safety handouts and present information about their CHP Start Smart Driver Education classes available statewide for teens and their parents. Start Smart classes increase traffic-safety knowledge and better prepare teens for the road ahead. Fred and Kathy Forgnone will be on hand to talk with attendees about the Start Smart program.

• Monterey Police Department will bring a squad car as well as crime prevention information.

• Monterey County Sheriff’s Office–Coastal Station Monterey will bring crime prevention handouts as well as their K-9, SWAT Team, and Search and Rescue vehicles. They will also do “meet and greets” with their K-9 team.

• Monterey County Crime Prevention Officers Association will provide safety brochures.

• Monterey Fire Department will bring a 55' ladder fire engine and safety information.

• American Red Cross–Monterey Bay Area Chapter will give out Family Disaster Plans. Test your knowledge of Disaster Readiness and win prizes when you spin the “Wheel of Preparedness”.

• California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) will bring a fire engine and fire safety materials.

• California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will provide educational materials about how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.

• Monterey County Office of Emergency Services will bring emergency preparedness information.

• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will bring water and boating safety materials as well as environmental protection information.

• Boy Scouts of America–Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council will provide emergency survival and safety tips.

• Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will provide safety information.

• Young artists from Youth Arts Collective will be on hand to sketch portraits and share information about YAC, the local after school art studio and mentoring program for artists, ages 14-22.

• Independent Transportation Network of Monterey County will bring information about its organization that offers rides to seniors and the visually impaired in Monterey County, California.

• United Way Monterey County will have an information booth including handouts about the 2-1-1 program.

• U.S. Forest Service will bring informational handouts as well as a wildland fire engine. Smokey Bear will also be on hand if he’s not busy fighting a forest fire!

• Sponsored by First 5 of Monterey County, MY Museum will bring the Wheelie Mobilee, a playground for the mind and so much more.

• Restorative Justice Partners will bring information about dispute resolution programs that foster empathy, accountability and restoration of fairness to victims and the community.

• Family Service Agency of the Central Coast/Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast will have a bean-bag toss and tic-tac-toe game and distribute their brochures and STOP cards.

• KlaasKids Foundation will conduct a Print-A-Thon that provides digital photo IDs & fingerprinting for every child.

• Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula will give out materials about turning off the gas/electricity and water in emergencies and simple medical responses learned in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.

• will provide information about community resilience and their project in Seaside and Monterey.

• Central Coast CERT Association will provide emergency preparation information.

• MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) will bring their “crash car” and provide handouts about the dangers of drinking and driving.

• The U.S. Coast Guard will bring their boat and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide water, boating and environmental protection information. Auxtter the Sea Otter mascot will also be on hand.

• Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District will provide information about trail hiking and wildlife safety.

• YWCA Monterey County will present information about domestic violence and the services it offers at both its Seaside and Salinas locations.

• YMCA will provide “Healthy Family Home” handouts and youth development information.

• Marine Life Studies will share information about protecting whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife and observing them safely in the wild. Whiskie the Whale Spotter™, a rescue dog, will perform her whale tricks and attendees will learn how Whiskie spots whales from Marine Life Studies' research boat in the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary.

• Monterey County Boys and Girls Club will have a Wheel of Fortune Safety Game and information about their organization.

• Community Partnership for Youth will bring face painters and offer a lanyard-making activity.

• Shred-it will bring their mobile truck for shredding documents on site.

• Property Restoration Service will provide information about disaster preparation plans and taking inventory of your possessions.

• KION/Telemundo is the media sponsor.

• Radio station 101.7 The Beach will provide music and prize giveaways.

For more information about the event, please go to or call
(831) 233-5500.

Publicity Contacts: Wendy Brickman
Office: (831) 633-4444/Cell: (831) 594-1500
Email: Brickman @ BrickmanMarketing . com

Barbara Howard
Office: (831) 920-2759 /Cell: (831) 521-8608
Email: writermarketer @

About Capital Insurance Group:
Capital Insurance Group® (CIG) is the leading regional property and casualty insurer serving the Western U.S. since 1898. CIG insures Personal Auto, Homeowners, Farmowners, Condo Owners, Vacation Property, Renters, Apartment Building Owners, and many kinds of Commercial and Agricultural Auto and Property. The more than 115 year-old company is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the independent financial monitor of the insurance industry. CIG manages personal, business, and agriculture risks underwritten by its affiliate companies: California Capital Insurance Company, Eagle West Insurance Company, Nevada Capital Insurance Company, and Monterey Insurance Company. Types of policies may vary from state to state. For more information, please visit
CIG DELIVERS MORE. Continuously. ™

About Shred-it:
Shred-it, is the world’s leading on-site document destruction company with over 160 branches operating in 18 countries. Shred-it trucks are equipped with custom-built shredders that can efficiently destroy everything from confidential paper documents to CD’s and all types of media. Founded in 1988, Shred-it currently services over 300,000 global, national, and local businesses and organizations worldwide.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

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