Are your drawers overflowing with old mail? If you answered yes, chances are you need to hire help. This article will provide valuable information to prepare you for your next paper shredding session.
With incidences of identity theft on the rise, you really have to be conscious of how you dispose of your personal information. Residential paper shredding reduces the risk of having your confidential documents stolen and used against you.
Advantages of paper shredding
If you’ve ever tried shredding your own documents at home, you know the challenges that come with it. Spending hours shredding paper in a small shedder that constantly jams and requires frequent emptying of the paper bin is enough to frustrate the most patient person.
One of the advantages of hiring a residential paper shredding company is the time you save. These companies have the equipment to complete your job in minutes. The security of your confidential information is another advantage. All the shredding is completed in a secure environment while you wait. To reduce the risk of your documents being reconstructed, the shredded material typically goes into bales with multiple customers’ shredded documents and is dumped at a paper recycling center.
What needs to be shredded?
Not sure what you should shred? Anything that has personal, identifying information should be disposed of properly. Expired licenses, credit card bills, bank statements, old legal documents, voided checks, ATM receipts, solicited pre-approved credit card applications and any document that has your Social Security number on it.
When paying a professional company to shred your documents, you want to make certain it’s cost-effective. Three pricing options are typically available. Most companies offer a choice between per hour, per minute and per pound. Just be aware of additional hidden fees that may be lurking. For example, some companies may charge fees for setup or travel if the company needs to come to you.
Prep your shredded documents
Go through your documents thoroughly before you take them out for shredding. Companies do not go through your documents before dumping your items into a shredder. Always double-check to make certain you don’t have any important documents mixed in the shredded pile. When preparing your documents for shredding, you don’t have to remove staples, rubber bands or paper clips. Industrial shredders easily shred these items. Get an estimate of the weight of the items that need shredding by weighing the boxes at home.
Nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft, according to a 2018 online survey by The Harris Poll. That same survey indicates nearly 15 million consumers experienced identity theft in 2017.