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First Citizens Bank to Sponsor Shred Day September 26th, 2014

Free event to help residents protect against identity theft

Gig Harbor, Washington. — First Citizens Bank will sponsor a local shred day event on Friday, September 26, 2014, from Noon until 5:00pm at its 5101 Pt. Fosdick Drive office in Gig Harbor. A Cintas Document Management truck will destroy unwanted sensitive materials free of charge for all Gig Harbor residents.

"At First Citizens Bank, one of our highest priorities is protecting our customers’ personal information; we want to help all residents safeguard their vital information," said David Reed, Vice President and Financial Manager. "With identity theft on the rise nationwide, the destruction and disposal of secure documents has never been more important. We’re pleased we can provide this important service."

Bank associates will be on hand to provide information about protecting personal information and offer refreshments. A drawing for a personal document shredder will be held. The event will be held rain or shine.

Residents are invited to bring old documents (limit to 5 boxes per household) such as ATM receipts, checks, tax information, credit card statements, bills, mail and other papers containing personal information that could provide thieves an easy way to steal money or an identity. Dry paper only will be accepted (no plastics, media tapes or cardboard). There is no need to remove staples, paper clips and other bindings and colors do not have to be separated. All materials should be in boxes and containers for quick, easy disposal. Destroying documents by shredding them into unrecognizable pieces is the safest way to dispose of unwanted materials and provides greater protection against crime. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing forms of consumer fraud in the United States.

For more information, contact First Citizens’ Gig Harbor Branch, 253.853.3500.

First Citizens Bank

In 1898, First Citizens began as the Bank of Smithfield in Johnston County, North Carolina. From a single office, we’ve grown to nearly 400 branches in 17 states and the District of Columbia. We’re now one of the country’s largest family controlled banks, with a record of stable leader ship few banks can rival. Our independence allows us to remain true to our values, loyal to our customers and committed to providing long term value.

First Citizens is a banking subsidiary of our parent company, First Citizens Bancshares (NASDAQ: FCNCA) a $21 billion financial holding company and the second largest family-controlled financial services company in the United States. Our credit standards are some of the most stringent in the financial services industry, which is why our net charge-off and nonperforming asset measurements are some of the best in the nation. As a First Citizens customer, you benefit from the stability of our top-tier credit quality, outstanding capital strength and strong liquid balance sheet. We never compromise the security of our customers’ assets, regardless of the latest market trends or financial pressures.

Cintas Document Management

Cintas Document Management is AAA-certified by the National Association for Information Destruction. The company destroys and shreds sensitive, confidential materials and papers for security, as well as provides clients with documentation of the destroyed material. Cintas Document Management’s fleet ranges from vehicles that can shred 3,000 pounds per hour to its newest vehicles that can destroy up