Over the last 20 years or so one of the biggest forms of criminal activity has been fraud and identity theft. While a lot of that has moved to the digital world, the theft of papers from businesses is still big. When you do not properly get rid of your sensitive documents they are able to steal your garbage, go through it, and take whatever they find and ruin people’s lives. With more and more businesses having industrial paper shredding needs, it comes down to choosing between finding a professional service you can trust, or shredding yourself.
Why some choose to personally shred their documents
The general belief is that by doing the shredding yourself you are keeping those documents fully in your own hands. There is no exchanging of documents, waiting for confirmation of destruction, and not knowing how many people have handled your data. You can either take on the shredding yourself or assign it to an employee you trust. It is time-consuming keeping it in-house but at least you know where the papers are at all times. When you use document shredding services all of that changes and if your papers are especially sensitive that is a concern. How long is your shredding sitting there waiting for its destruction? Are people reading them?
Using professional shredding services
The problem when you have industrial paper shredding needs is the volume of paper you are dealing with, and the machines you are having to invest in and maintain. Finding a professional shredding service you can trust is key. If you know that everything that can be done to keep those documents safe is, and it might even be more cost-effective and secure to have it done by a service rather than by yourself, then you can feel more confident about that choice. Look for efficiency, a great reputation, check what other clients are saying and make sure they have a license to shred.
There are two types of services to consider, on-site and off-site. For those of you who do not like losing control of the paperwork, having a service shred on-site means you stay in contact with it at all times, and no-one else touches it. It involves lifting a container where you put the documents over their mobile shredding truck to dump the contents into the shredder in front of you. The driver, the operator, no-one touches it. You witness it and you get a certificate to confirm that destruction for your records. But you pay more for that.
For off-site shredding, they can collect it and bring it back to their site, or you can drop it off. They take it and schedule the destruction within the next few days and then you get the confirmation of destruction once it is done. You do not get to see the shredding occur. It is the lower-priced option. Document shredding services can be a positive experience if you find the right ones.