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Small Business Fraud Prevention with Document Shredding

Small Business Fraud Prevention – 4 Practices

Regardless of whether your business is big or small, fraud is a problem that arises in many different ways and affects workplaces of all types.  It can take place in the form of theft, forgery and computer crime, as well as other types of “white collar” crimes.  If your company is targeted by such crimes, it could lead to significant consequences.

So what are some things that your business can do to protect itself and decrease the chances of fraudulent activity from occurring?  Here are 4 simple practices you should consider implementing if you haven’t already for small business fraud prevention:

Take Advantage of Document Shredding Services

Look after all of your sensitive documents securely and safely.  Consider outsourcing your document destruction requirements to a professional paper shredding service for added small business fraud prevention.  Place secure, lockable shred bins, beside each desk and set up centralized collection spots in high traffic areas for document disposal.  In doing this, your employees will effortlessly be able to get rid of confidential documents in a secure manner.  These shred containers should remain locked until your document shredding company arrives to empty them.  To put it simply, a professional document shredding company will keep your business safe from internal and external fraud.

Establish an Anti-Fraud Policy and Put it in Writing

Establishing a work atmosphere that is based on honesty and trust tells your staff that you are taking the precautionary measures necessary to reduce the risks of fraud.  It is also important that you put any policies surrounding ethical behavior in writing to ensure that each individual is fully aware of the specific policies in regards to fraud and the consequences of breaking them.

Supply an Anonymous Source for Tips/Reports

Make sure that you have a method in place for employees to report any suspicions or tips about the potential of fraudulent activities.  Be sure that each of your employees understands your small business fraud prevention procedure and the fact that they are encouraged to report any concerns they may have, no matter how small.  Studies have shown that the majority of fraudulent occurrences (over 50%) are in fact picked up on and addressed by employees.  As a business owner, it is important that you pay close attention to potential warning signs, and always listen to the tips/advice that you receive from your staff.

Background Checks

For the safety of both your employees and your customers, it is a good idea to make your hiring process include background checks on any and all potential employees.  This is especially important for individuals being hired for “high-risk” positions such as those in the finance industry or customer service roles that require ongoing access to customers’ personal information.

At IntelliShred, our local shredding company of industry professionals offer document shredding solutions that contribute towards making your work environment secure and well-managed.  Call us today at 1-866-747-3360 to speak with one of our representatives about your document shredding options and small business fraud prevention needs.

Local Shredding Company Sponsors Air Force One

Local shredding company IntelliShred’s Co-Founders Rick Possumato and John Manzi, have always been passionate about automobiles and more specifically airplanes. When they were introduced to Anthony Torlish, of Distinctive Detailing in Flemington NJ, it was quickly apparent of their shared interest in air planes. Working next to one another in the same facility, Rick and John later learned about Anthony’s past career and his experience with detailing.

Ironically enough, this past month a crew of more than 30 professional detailers were selected  to spend a week at the Seattle Museum of Flight working to maintain and restore the exteriors of historic planes, including the original Air Force One. Renny Doyle the man who led the team of volunteers selected Anthony Torlish to be one of those detailers.

IntelliShred got word of the exciting news, and was very interested in getting involved through sponsorship via our local shredding company. Supporting Anthony with this dream opportunity is an honor for the IntelliShred team; after all, John F. Kennedy used this exact plane during his infamous final voyage to Dallas in 1963 and every president from Eisenhower to Clinton used this plane as well! It is a very historic piece of aviation history! While IntelliShred was not there in person, we are still very proud that we were able to contribute to the restoration project.

In fact, now that this has become an annual opportunity for detailers to showcase their talent and skills, Rick of IntelliShred hopes to venture to Seattle, Washington alongside Anthony next year, to witness and take part in the detailing process! While they will be required to take part in some training for safety reasons, Rick is very interested in not only going with Anthony, but flying his entire family out for the experience as well!

Community involvement is important to our local shredding company and this goes beyond making a difference locally. If we can help preserve such a wonderful part of American history, we are happily willing to do so!

For the full story visit: Flemington man details original Air Force One

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