Many companies just don’t realize how much sensitive information they are throwing in the trash instead of shredding. Another common trend happens when companies decide to recycle important papers instead of conducting document destruction. Many feel they are doing the environment a favor while still safeguarding info because the papers won’t go to a landfill. This could not be further from the truth. However, here at Sun City Shredding, we have a few tips to help you safeguard valuable documents.
Don’t Trust the Recycle Bin
First and foremost, business owners must understand that that the recycle bin is no safer than the trashcan. It can still be compromised by thieves willing to dumpster dive through your valuable information. It can be easier at times as well, as recycle bins are typically cleaner than trash cans. Not only that, most document destruction companies like Sun City Shredding recycle everything they shred anyways.
Shredding Bins for Every Employee
According to research employing one central collection point for shredding or one central shredder leads to personnel simply throwing away documents instead of the proper procedures. What happens is employees will start stacking classified or valuable papers on their desk to take to the shredder at some point during the day. If there is a line to shred, they will continue to grow their stack until the chore is just too burdensome. Then the documents will end up in the trash bin liable to compromise. Instead, a shredder at every desk would provide more convenience for employees and proper document destruction. If this is a costly option for your company a professional shredder might be better. You can place a box at each desk that each employee fills and is then sent to a professional shredder. This is especially true with the high maintenance that personal shredders require. Paper jams and burnouts are common with small desk size shredders.
Know Which Documents to Shred
When it comes to document destruction be sure your employees know what paperwork is sensitive information. Often times identity theft can happen because an employee wasn’t aware they were not performing the proper information disposal. Including this information in employee handbooks and posted in lounge areas will be a big help.
Call in the Professionals
Keeping customer, company, and employee information safe is a big responsibility. Here at Sun City Shredding taking care of your sensitive documents is our specialty. Our prices are extremely affordable and we even include pick-up fees. Contact us today for more information.