To shred or not to shred? That is the question.

Stop Identity Theft through Shredding.

The Supreme Court has stated that the “expectation of privacy in trash left for collection in an area accessible to public… is unreasonable.” This expectation is exactly why identity theft is so prevalent and why thieves feel the need to dig through your trash to find confidential information.

The solution to this problem is to shred. Shredding allows you to properly dispose of documents containing sensitive information without putting your information in harm's way. You can literally shred anything that has a signature, social security number, medical and legal information, account numbers and more.  See a long list of items to shred below:

.                Shipping Labels

·                Bank and ATM receipts and statements

·                Canceled and void checks

·                Credit card statements, bills, carbon copies, receipts

·                Documents containing maiden names

·                Address labels from junk mail and magazines

·                Birth certificate copies

·                Employee pay stubs

·                Employment records

·                Expired passports and visas

·                Driver’s licenses and items containing driver’s license numbers

·                Legal documents

·                Investment, stock and property transactions

·                Pre-approved credit card applications

·                Anything containing your social security number

·                Transcripts

·                Tax forms

 

Call us today and let us help you stay safe and secure from identity theft.

Dozens of Medical Records Found in Dumpster

Piles of health documents were tossed in a public dumpster for anyone to get their hands on and the Connecticut Country Branch of health is investigating.

Multiple stacks of health information had been discovered buried in a dumpster in the back of Allied Medical Associates in Waterbury on Tuesday. The documents contain private and sensitive health information.

“I’m afraid that my medical information may be there and that’s not a good thing,” Yasmeen Burgos, of Waterbury, told NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters.

Burgos was treated by Allied Medical Associates’ primary medical doctor Dr. Stephen P. Harris a couple years ago and is concerned her records could be compromised.

Harris informed NBC Connecticut that the clinical office closed down two days after Christmas because the bills were not paid.

“I can’t treat my patients and also stand over people watching what’s going on, so suddenly, I found out we have been deeply in debt due to the fact that a lot of bills hadn’t been paid,” Harris said.

A note on the front door of Allied Medical Associates said the office is permanently closed and for patients to contact their legal attorney.

A state health worker showed up a short time after the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters to analyze the information inside the Waterbury dumpster on Tuesday.

Harris revealed to the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters that his house and car have been packed with patient information saved from his practice; however, he admits the others that were discovered in the dumpster had been approved to go in the garbage.

“There have been containers of files that were categorized or I thought categorized 2010 and there’s only a seven-year duration you need to keep the documents, so we placed them in the dumpster. I’m liable for it; I have talked to the state. We’re going to retrieve those ones and shred them but it was not deliberate- it was a terrible choice, however, it was a decision made because we had so little time to get out,” Harris said.

NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters asked Harris why the files weren’t destroyed the first time.

“I understand they needed to be shredded, however, I felt that you know, once the dumpster people got here and placed them in a dump covered up and chewed them up, there wouldn’t be anybody crawling through there to get those,” Harris said. “We had our own shredder and it takes forever to shred those and we didn’t have time to do it.”
State health officers secured the information on Tuesday afternoon. They said they cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, but they supplied NBC Connecticut an outline of the state’s law regarding medical records.

According to state statute 19a-14-44 Discontinuance of Practice, patients must be informed.

“This must be done by placing a notice in a daily local newspaper published in the community, which is the prime focus of the practice. The notice shall appear twice, seven days apart. In addition, an individual letter is to be sent to each patient seen within the three years preceding the date of discontinuance of the practice. Medical records of all patients must be retained for at least sixty days following both the public and private notice to patients,” the law reads in part.

Read the full article here.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

When it comes down to it, Mobile Record Shredders alleviates the hassle and is the most cost effective solution to your document destruction and confidentiality needs, while providing a green and environmental friendly solution for document destruction.

In the document destruction process, millions of pounds of paper are shredded each year. We have many customers asking us what we do with all of the documents we destroy. The answer is, we recycle. Not only do we recycle the documents destroyed, but it allows our customers to also be green and recycle by using our secure document destruction services. Recycling and being green is a good feature for all.

At Mobile Record Shredders, we are committed to recycling all documents shredded using our secure document destruction service. 100% of our products (including the paper shredded using our services) are shredded, bailed, and most importantly recycled. One bale, otherwise known as 1,000 pounds of shredded paper, when recycled translates to the following green practices:

Due to our recycling efforts, including partnering with Blue Star Recyclers to increase our document destruction recycling efforts, Mobile Record Shredders has created well over $7.5 million in value savings to the environment since 2004. We think that’s pretty impressive when you are referring to document destruction services.

Knowing the impact that paper usage has on the environment, but translating that impact into positive recycling efforts is important to us and we know it’s important to you too. Let us take your document destruction needs and turn them into an environmentally friendly experience.

Learn more  about the benefits of Mobile Record Shredders and how we can help your business with recycling and your document destruction.

Sponsored Athletes of the Week

Mobile Record Shredders is a proud supporter of Athletes of the Week for CSU-P. This week they are Nikol Podlacha (Track and Feild) and Preston DeHerrera (Lacrosse).

"Nikol Podlacha recorded her first collegiate victory when she won the discus throw at the CSU-Pueblo Open Sunday with a mark of 43.46m.

The personal best ranks 39th in Division II this season and beat out 13 other competitors in the event. Saturday, the sophomore finished third in the hammer throw with a distance of 48.33m." Read the full article.

Preston DeHerrera (Lacrosse) helped the Pack to a 1-1 week and a colossal upset of Westminster. He totaled seven ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The LSM corralled three ground balls and forced a turnover as he helped the Pack beat the Griffins 14-12. The Pack's upset win over WC helped them set a new program wins record at 4-4. Read the full article.

Call us today at (719) 544-5460 or fill out the form on the right for more information on services available near you, and we will get you several quoted options for free.

Shredding Bins—How They Can Help My Business

Document shredding services help companies keep their private information private. Every business document has an expiration date, and rather than toss private customer, employee, and other sensitive business information in the trash where anyone can access it, paper shredding offers some peace of mind.

While some companies may only need to shred a few sheets of paper a day, other organizations may produce hundreds or thousands of documents a week that require shredding. If this is your situation you should consider regularly scheduled shredding services, where you’ll discover the benefits of shredding bins.

What Are Shredding Bins?

Shredding bins are secured with a lock and have a small slot to put paper into. Your provider will give you bins to place in and around your office, after signing up for routine scheduled shredding services. Bins will protect all your company's private information between visits from your shredding service.

It is up to you how many bins you have throughout your office, this depends on how many documents need to be shredded as your company accumulates them over a period of time.

As time passes you easily compile the documents that need to be shredded into your bins. The shredding service you hired will come on the dates you pre-scheduled with them to pick up the bins, shred the sensitive material, and will replace the newly-emptied bins in your office to start the process over again.

Alternatives to Regularly Scheduled Shredding Services

Shredding bins and routine services are appropriate for businesses that rapidly produce and accrue sensitive information. If your company occasionally produces a considerable amount of documents that need shredding, one-time shredding purges are available as an option.

Shred Your Confidential Files for Peace of Mind

Mobile Record Shredders is committed to assisting companies of all proportions to find document shredding solutions that meet their needs. Whether you will benefit from ongoing services or just require a one time shredding purge, we can help.

Call us today at (719) 544-5460 or fill out the form on the right for more information on services available near you, and we will get you several quoted options for free.

How Paper Shredding is Saving the Environment

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It’s more than just a piece of paper you are shredding. It’s also something that help better the environment if disposed of correctly.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, when you throw paper away, it becomes approximately 33% of the municipal sold waste stream, making the largest component of that waste stream. Why continue to add to the growth when you can do something to help solve the problem?

Recycle! It’s really that easy. When it comes to paper shredding, we recycle 100% of the paper that is shred. Recycling paper not only conserves resources, but also prevents emissions of greenhouse gasses and pollutants, saves energy, stimulates growth of greener technologies, creates jobs, and reduces the need for additional landfills.

The paper industry has set a goal to recycle and recover 70% of the paper consumed by Americans each year by 2020. One ton of recycled paper save 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. That math adds up to saving an area that is approximately the same size as Washington D.C.  Impressive at the least.

Do your part to help save the environment and shred. Use a service like ours and we will do the recycling for you. It’s as easy and simple as that.

Our services keep confidential information out of harms way - Shred today!

Our services are tailored to make it easy for you or your company to take part in our document destruction offerings and keep your confidential information out of harms way.

 

If you still aren’t sure how we can help you, below is a quick snapshot of what we do. We offer several options to help meet your needs.

 

Ongoing, regularly scheduled shredding services to fit your schedule

Contact us today to help you setup a shred program to fit your needs.

Hear What Our Customers Have to Say

Our customers are happy. If you haven’t seen our testimonial page, take a look below and see for yourself what you think!

“We at MasterFile have used Mobile Record Shredders since February 2007 for our on-site document destruction. We have found our representative, Howard Absetz, and his crew to be punctual and extremely professional. They are conscientious at helping us meet our scheduling needs. We would highly recommend Mobile Record Shredders to anyone needing on-site record destruction.”

Angela Gibson, Operations Manager, MasterFile (Colorado Springs)

“We took on the services in November of 2004. Mobile Record Shredders provides prompt and professional service to our agency. Their state of the art equipment allows us to be confident that our records are destroyed in a safe and secure manner.”

Doug Helzer, Vice President of Operations, Centennial Insurance Agency

 

“We couldn’t have possibly made a better decision on a business partner for our document destruction. Mobile Record Shredders has delivered on every commitment and most importantly, they subscribe to a high standard when providing customer service.”

Steve Shirley, Sr. Vice President, Pueblo Bank & Trust

 

Let us help you! Contact us today to see how we can help you with your shredding needs.

Shredding Paper and Recycling

 

Our customers often ask about the environmental impact of shredding. And one of the most common questions asked is, “is shredded paper recyclable?”. The answer is, yes. At Mobile Record Shredders we recycle 100% of the paper we shred. The waste produced by shredding services is recycled and helps prevent deforestation.

Paper, in even the recycled form is very valuable. The process of recycling paper includes down-cycling paper fibers into mixed grade paper. Copy paper, tissue paper, or toilet paper are just a few forms of paper that shredded paper turns into after recycled.

In addition to recycling the paper we shred, we also recycle electronics with our partner Blue Star Recycling. For more information on that partnership, click here.

Shredding Credit Card Offers Could Save Your Identity

You get them in the mail, daily. Offers to open a new credit card with some sort of amazing deal attached. But what do you do with the gobs of credit card offers that you receive each and every time you open your mailbox?

With the abundance of credit card offers the average American receives regularly, it’s not secret that if they get into the wrong hands, your identity could be compromised. Identity thieves can easily use the information provided in the offer and open a credit card account under your name.

Proper shredding of these documents could make such mishap easily avoidable. In addition to credit card offers, any records that include social security numbers, sensitive account information, PIN numbers, passwords, and even signatures could put you at risk.

At Mobile Record Shredders we know the risks. Your confidentiality is the most important concern we have. We have a system in place to help you privately and securely dispose of these documents. Contact us today for more information about how we can help keep you safe and your documents secure.