Shredding documents that contain any personal information is an important procedure to make sure that they don’t end up causing you financial damages.
Families and businesses are constantly at risk of becoming another victim to identity theft. In 2014, there was an estimated 17.6 million instances of identity theft and the number of complaints raised by 47% in 2015.
Identity thieves are not going anywhere anytime soon, so you have to do everything that you can do protect yourself, your family, and your business. Practicing proper document destruction is one of the most important ways to stay protected.
What to Shred
Paperwork, bills, junk mail, receipts, and any other documents that have your personal identifiable information on them can potentially lead to identity theft if they aren’t destroyed properly.
Let’s face it, in today’s world you are constantly bombarded with more and more of these types of documents on a daily basis.
Instead of tossing these items into the recycling bin or trash can fully intact, make sure to shred them properly so that the information contained in these documents can no longer be deciphered.
When to Shred
Basically, you’ll want to shred your documents as soon as they build up but within good reason. Shredding your junk mail or receipts the moment you get them isn’t realistic, so make sure to store them in a safe place until they are ready to be shredded.
If you are trying to manage your document shredding in a home or small office and don’t collect documents very quickly, you can reserve a time to shred them on a regular schedule. Sticking to a schedule is the best way to remember to destroy your documents on time without letting them procure and become a possible accessory to identity theft.
Larger organizations may collect massive amounts of sensitive and confidential documents over the course of the year. Many businesses leave the shredding of these documents for an annual purge, such as during the early springtime (or “spring cleaning”). During the rest of the year, there is a higher likelihood that these documents may become compromised.
Again, try to keep a fixed schedule for your business in destroying documents properly to minimize the risks of financial losses.
How to Shred
Using your own paper shredder to destroy all your documents at home is time-consuming and monotonous. For businesses, it can even be quite expensive to pay an employee to perform the shredding on company time. There’s also the worry that your shredder will eventually break down, especially with the sheer volume of papers that are going to be put through it over time.
There are drop off shredding services that are a great option for taking in small to medium-sized shredding projects (up to about 3 boxes).
The important thing to remember is to try to not let your paperwork build up too much. When this happens, the chances of important documents being lost or stolen are much higher.
If you have already let your papers build up for some time already, there is no need to panic. Document-Shredding also offers offsite shredding, designed to specifically handle these types of high-volume jobs. They’ll schedule a pickup for large volumes of papers and shred them all at an offsite location for you.
The offsite shredding providers will provide your location with lockable bins so that you can safely store any documents until they are ready to be picked up. You can also schedule the pickups to whichever frequency makes the most sense for your company.
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Document-Shredding is partnered with an entire network of local contractors that specialize in paper shredding services all across the country. You can be sure that your document destruction is performed safely and adequately with professionals that have years of experience.
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