Top 8 Reasons to Shred your Documents
Paper shredding and document destruction is very important this day and age. There are serious dangers to not properly disposing of your documents in a secure fashion. The following is a list of reasons why you should shred your confidential documents.
1. Identity Theft:
According to a recent article written by MSN, identity theft affects 11 million people a year, at a cost of $54 billion. In order to avoid becoming a statistic shredding is imperative, and hiring a shredding service, like Mobile Record Shredders will help you dispose of your confidential documents safely and securely.
2. Old Tax Returns:
Most people save their tax returns in the chance that they get audited. After three years of returns you are free to throw them away. Tax information has confidential information included on it and after three years can be adequately disposed of.
3. Old Photo IDs:
If you like to save your IDs, such as college IDs, security badges from old employers or even old state IDs, consider using a document destruction service to shred them. While photo IDs alone aren’t enough to steal your identity, the information included on the ID could be used against you in a larger scheme.
4. Bank Statements:
Any documents that include bank account numbers should be properly disposed of and shredded. This includes paper bank statements, old bank statements, and anything with your personal or company banking information included on it.
5. Credit Card Offers:
When you receive generic bank offers in the mail, including credit card offers, or new account offers, and you are not planning to take the bank up on their offer, you should dispose of the offers right away. The priority is to make sure identity thieves do not open new cards in your name.
6. Canceled or Void Checks:
Even if you write “void” on a check, it doesn’t mean the information on cannot be used against you. The bank routing number and account numbers listed on the check are just as easy to steal even if it says void. Make sure to shred all void or canceled checks upon cancelation to avoid any problems with identity thieves.
7. Pay Stubs:
At first glance, pay stubs seem harmless, but they do contain critical information that can be used by an identity thief. Some pay stubs include financial institution information and account information, Make sure to dispose of them properly.
8. Convenience Checks:
Have you ever received one of those blank checks from your credit card company, which you can use to borrow against your credit line? Thos are called convenience checks. If these checks end up in the wrong hands you could obviously be in trouble. Make sure to properly dispose of these checks so the information stays safe against identity thieves.
Shredding documents is not only for large companies with something to hide, average people have documents at home that include information that identity thefts pray on, including documents that include social security numbers and bank information. Make sure these documents are shredded properly. Mobile Record Shredders is here to help. Visit our website, for more information about document destruction with Mobile Record Shredders.
How Mobile Shredding Works
There are some documents that you need shredded, so you pull out the shredder stored in your closet. As you begin to shred the shredder starts to jam, then it overheats – now you have to wait… You would have never thought that this would be too big of a job for an office shredder. The reality of this situation is that office shredders are not designed to handle any more than just small amounts of paper at a time.
Mobile shredding is the most effective way to get your documents shredded. When you choose mobile shredding a truck with an industrial shredder inside will come to you and shred your documents while you watch.
How Do I Schedule Mobile Shredding?
- Reach out to us by filling out our online form or give us a call at 1-866-544-5460.
- Once you have contacted us for mobile shredding, a shredding truck will be scheduled to come to your location to shred your records while you watch.
- You will then receive a certificate of destruction.
- Finally, your shredded documents are taken to be recycled.
If you need this service on an ongoing basis, we can set up a scheduled routine service based on your needs. In this case, you would receive a locked bin to keep your records safe until the next time the truck comes to shred.
Mobile Shredding is the answer to finding high-quality, secure shredding for larger volume projects.
To get free, no-obligation quotes from Mobile Record Shredders in just minutes fill out the form online or give us a call at 1-866-544-5460.
Paper Shredding is Helping Save the Environment
Shredding paper is just as important as recycling it, so that's why we do both. We just wanted to share our great recycling success in the past year for 2017.
Within the past year, our corporate-wide recycling program recycled approximately 4,518,952 pounds of recyclable paper. As a result of your efforts the following resources have been conserved:
- 38,411 Trees
- 6,523,456 Gallons of Oil
- 15,816,332 Gallons of Water
- 10,845,485 Kilowatt Hours of Energy
- 225,948 Cubic Yards of Landfill Space
To add to this, since Mobile Record Shredders opened in 2004 to 2017 our recycling program recycled approximately 26,557,607 pounds of recyclable paper! As a result of your efforts the following resources have been conserved:
- 225,740 Trees
- 8,578,348 Gallons of Oil
- 92,951,624 Gallons of Water
- 63,738,257 Kilowatt Hours of Energy
- 1,327,880 Cubic Yards of Landfill Space
We couldn't have done this without you and appreciate your business and commitment! Here's to another great year of recycling and helping to save the environment.
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:
- It saves 9 trees
- It reduces 1.5 cubic yards of landfill
- It eliminates 2000 kilowatt hours of electricity
- And it reduces the use of 3500 gallons of water
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.
What Type of Material Do You Shed?
We have so many people ask us about what exactly can they shred.
The answer is, just about anything! Instead of using conventional strip-cut shredders, like the shredders you purchase for your home office, we use crosscut shredding trucks to take care of your shedding needs. This crosscut technology reduces paper to extremely fine pieces, similar to confetti.
Additionally, the crosscut technology makes the paper so fine, that it is virtually impossible to reconstruct the documents again to avoid identity theft and breeches in confidentiality.
This crosscut process destroys anything from paper, to fabric, plastics, and metals. Wondering what to do with those old CDs and DVDs that you rarely use on your computer anymore? Shred!
For more information on our service, click here or contact us directly.
Your Documents are in Safe Hands – Our Hands.
At Mobile Record Shredders, we are a AAA NAID certified service provider. This means, your personal and confidential documents, when disposed of via our services, are protected by the international trade association for the information destruction industry, “ensuring compliance with the most stringent operational security procedures in the industry.”
Requirements to receive and keep the NAID Certification include:
· Secure Destruction Process
· Operational Security
· Employee Hiring
· And more
For more information, visit NAID or strike up a live chat with us now to speak to a representative.
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.
How did shredding become a reality?
It was once extremely uncommon for documents to be shredded by non-government entities. Until a 1984 Supreme Court case ruled that information can be seized through a defendants trash receptacle without warrant. As soon as this ruling was made this became a very large concern about liability and the vulnerabilities that it was creating for those not properly destroying their documents.
The United States Federal Trade Commission estimates that over 9 million cases of identity theft occurs per year. It is recommended by the federal government that individuals defend themselves against identity theft by shredding any document that contains personal information.
Furthermore, privacy laws such as HIPPA, FACTA, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, require companies to properly destroy personal documents to avoid the unauthorized disclosure of personal information. If these documents are not properly destroyed, the law now says it carries both criminal and civil implications if not properly destroyed.
The following documents are examples of what should be shred:
- Social Security Cards
- Birth Certificates
- Copies of Wills
- Death Certificates
- Marriage Licenses
- Divorce Papers
- Military Records
Shred for your safety, yourself, and your employees. Contact us for more information about how we can help save you.
In a nutshell if you follow the following practices, you will keep yourself, your company and your customers much more secure.
· Use a professional service for your document destruction needs
Using a document destruction service is one of the only ways you can ensure your documents are properly disposed of and securely shredded. At Mobile Record Shredders we take all precautions necessary to endure your documents do not get into the wrong hands.
· Shred before recycling
Most do not realize that you need to properly shred your documents before recycling. Just as with throwing your documents away in the garbage can, the recycling bin puts your documents just as at risk. We recycle 100% of our shredded documents. This not only helps to save the environment, but also allows us to make sure your documents are fully secure.
· Shred regularly
Placing yourself and your company on a regular shredding schedule enables you to keep up to speed with all of your document destruction needs. It avoids human error and potentially poor judgment of what should or should not be properly disposed of. Furthermore it stops the risk of confidential information betting into the wrong hands within your office.
When implemented, these best practices make your company more secure and allow for sensitive information to be disposed of the proper manner. For questions, contact us today.