Some people may think they don't have a use for professional shredding if they have an at-home machine. Or they may think it's cheaper over time to pay for a single shredder than multiple commercial shredding sessions. Others may think that just ripping important papers up by hand is more than enough to protect their information. And while this may be true in some circumstances, it's not a long-term solution that will really protect your privacy. An at-home shredder can only handle one (or, at most, a few) sheets at a time. It shreds papers into length-wise strips that can be put back together without a lot of effort. Commercial shredding services can not only handle large volumes of papers, but it destroys them in such a way that no one can get their hands on them for their own gain.
Risk of At Home Shredding
When you shred your documents at home, you're likely risking far more information than you realize. If your password is your pet's name followed by the last four digits of your social, it wouldn't be difficult for a criminal to piece together this information. And identity thieves become more sophisticated as time goes by. Their new techniques mean people have far more documentation that needs to be shredded than they realize. Criminals can use anything from old boarding passes to receipts to manipulate your information to benefit them. Just a single old credit card statement may be enough for them to start unraveling a reputation it took you a lifetime to build. Criminals can exploit old documents from your doctor to commit medical fraud (a rapidly growing crime). Residential shredding can't give you the peace of mind you're looking for if you don't want to be a victim.
Benefits of Commercial/Mobile Shredding
Document destruction will always be more efficient when you choose commercial shredding services over an at-home shredder. You don't have to worry about running out of steam halfway through a pile of documents or whether the length of the shred cut will be enough to keep people from your information. A mobile shredding company will come to you, so you can stay in the comfort of your own home while you dispose of any documents that could compromise your identity. The amount you spend for commercial or mobile shredding is a small fraction compared to how much an identity theft would cost you. Not only can it be expensive to fight illicit charges, but the time it takes away from your life (and any subsequently lost wages) can be substantial. Avoiding that frustration starts with having a partner you can trust.
Contacting Louisiana Shred for Shredding Services
Louisiana Shred has been helping our customers safeguard themselves and their families for years. We provide a shredding service that truly destroys all sensitive information, so you don't have to spend hours shredding each document. We also make certain that the documents are destroyed in a manner that stops criminals in their tricks. The cross-cut method is virtually impossible to put back together again. Your data is more valuable than ever before, especially in the virtual age. Criminals aren't just looking for your credit card numbers anymore — they're looking for practically any personal data that could lead them where they want to go. Louisiana Shred can prevent this from happening. Whether you need a one-time purge or regular services, contact Louisiana Shred to learn more about our services.