What to shred?

Everything! Fifty percent of every document has information contained in them that requires to be shredded.

What should you shred?

Documents in paper form are everywhere. You have them at your residence and at the office. You print them and they come in the mail. The use of paper is still growing and will continue for years to come. So what needs to be securely destroyed? In a word everything, the reason is simple fifty percent of every document has information contained in them that requires they be shredded before disposal. So how do you choose what to shred or not? The time it will take to review every individual piece of paper would be tremendous along with the possibility of human error and throwing away something that needs to be shredded first.

There are two reasons you should shred every piece of paper.

1. The first reason is more than half of every document has a piece of information on them that federal and state privacy laws require they be shredded before they are disposed of so that information is no longer accessible. So it pays to play it safe and shred everything. Also some documents that you may not realize have enough of your information in them for identity thieves to use to steal someone’s identity like junk mail. So every paper document no matter what it is should be shredded.

2. The second reason is you will save yourself a lot of time and eliminate the possibility of making a mistake. The time it will take you to review every single page to determine if it should be shredded will be enormous and you have better and more productive things to do with your time. Also you are going to make a mistake and some point because it is such a monotonous task to have to review every single page. The costs of for making a mistake with the fines and penalties for violating a privacy law along with the loss of confidence in your company could be devastating. There is no question that the best course of action is to shred everything!

A list of documents you should always destroy before disposal:

Address labels
All Discarded Copier Copies
ATM receipts
Bank statements
Birth certificate copies
Canceled and voided checks
Credit and charge card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts
Credit reports and histories
Credit Cards (Expired)
Documents containing maiden name
Documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses
Documents relating to investments
Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers

Driver’s licenses or items with a driver’s license number
Drafted Documents
Education Records
Employee pay stubs
Employment records
Expired passports and visas
Identification cards/badges
Legal documents
Insurance Information
Internal Memos
Investment, stock and property transactions
Items with a signature
Luggage tags
Medical and dental records

Papers with a Social Security number
Payroll Information
Pre-approved credit card applications
Phone Logs
Phone Messages
Purchase Orders
Receipts with checking account numbers
Report cards
Resumés or curriculum vitae
Tax forms
Telephone bills and records
Travel itineraries
Used airline tickets
Visitor Logs

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