What to shred, what not to shred

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When it’s perfectly legal for people to go through your bins, you can bet that criminals take advantage of this and do search through rubbish for personal information to steal. With ID fraud estimated to be growing at roughly 20% a year, it is more important than ever to make sure you destroy, or even better, shred your documents.

According to the 1998 Data Protection Act, all businesses are required to shred records of personal information before disposing of them.


What should you shred?

In short, anything (junk mail and paperwork) that has personal data, i.e. signatures, account numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, medical information, passwords and PINs. Also consider documents with names, addresses and phone numbers.

What not to shred

You will need to keep these items safe:

  • Birth and death certificates
  • Marriage licenses and divorce papers
  • Copies of wills

Preferably, these should be kept altogether in a safety deposit box.

We have a wide range of shredders, from everyday usage, to more secure ones.

Posted: 5 August 2010

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