Why You Should Shred
Identity theft is a real threat. Around 11.1 million adults were victims of identity theft in 2009 according to the 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report released by Javelin Strategy & Research.
One of the best ways to protect yourself is to destroy all personal information before disposing of it. Are you unsure of whether or not a specific document should be shredded? Here at EcoShredding, we go by the general rule that if you wouldn’t want a stranger to pick it up and read it then it needs to be shredded and disposed of properly.
These are some of the things that need to be shredded to avoid putting yourself at risk of identity theft:
- Account numbers
- Social Security numbers
- Date of birth
- Medical Records
- Old credit cards
These are all items that could very easily be used to assume your identity.
To minimize risk even further sign up for online billing, if available, and shred all paper bills. The general rule for tax documents is to keep them for 7 years and then shred them immediately.
Only keep mortgage and re-modeling documents for 6 years after you sell the property then shred them. Here at EcoShredding we come to your home or office and we assure that your personal documents are illegible when they are transported.
We have a functioning monitor so that you can view your documents enter the shredder and watch as they are destroyed beyond further recognition.