|“Better shred than read…”
All documents are shredded “On-Site” where you are welcome and encouraged to witness the destruction first hand by watching the external viewing screen.
Your business has the responsibility to dispose of consumer and patient information in a responsible manner. In many industries such as medical & financial, discarded information, if not properly destroyed can result in legal action, fines and even loss of license. Find out about some of the legal implications here.
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the USA, according to the National Crime Prevention Council. According to the U.S. Postal Service, there were almost ten million incidents of identity theft in the United States in 2004 at a cost of $5 billion to consumers. Victims report spending 30 hours, on average, cleaning up after an identity crime at an average cost of $500.
While identity theft is a crime, dumpster diving is legal. The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that there could be no expectation of privacy in trash left accessible to the public. In a today’s business environment, incidental records are produced daily and can comprise as much as 60% of the waste generated in an office environment. These records may have a life of a few minutes or a few weeks, but often they are discarded without any acknowledgement of their creation or a policy regarding their proper retention and disposal. If your business does not have a document destruction policy implemented and followed by all employees, key information produced daily could end up in the garbage, where it is fair game to anyone willing to get their hands dirty.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that U.S. businesses loose tens of billions of dollars annually due to the theft of their information. Look at your trash. Many discarded documents that leave your facility without first being destroyed would interest competitors, investigative reporters, dumpster divers, ID thieves and other parties.
Shred Monster’s Security Container Service will help protect this overlooked information.
Additionally, common sense dictates that payroll information and materials that involve labor relations or legal affairs, should not be entrusted to just any employee for destruction. But, beyond that, sensitive information is best protected from the general employee pool as well. Employees are the most likely to realize the value of certain information to competitors. And, lower wage employees often have the economic incentive to capitalize on their access to it. The only acceptable alternatives are to have the materials destroyed under the supervision of upper management or by a carefully selected, high security service.
At Shred Monster, we will provide locked document storage containers to place at key locations around your office to collect sensitive and confidential material discretely. Call Shred Monster at 402.564.6006 to receive personal secure service.
Sensitive documents take many forms:
Credit Card Receipts
Bids and Proposals