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What Kind of Paper Shredding Equipment Do You Need?

Paper Shredding Equipment

In this day and age, we all know we need to shred our old useless papers for the sake of security. This is the reason why a large variety of paper shredding equipment has cropped up to suit different requirements.

So what kind of paper shredding equipment do you need?

There are three main uses with paper shredding equipment: home, office, and industrial.

Home Document Shredders

This kind of paper shredding equipment is a necessity for everyone. We all have too many documents lying around the house. It can be tempting to just toss them in the trash. However, shredding them is always the better idea.

Now you may be tempted to go with the cheapest paper shredding equipment, which is the strip cutter.

However, we usually advise against it. This type of paper shredder is notorious for being messy, getting jammed up, and taking up a lot of space with the shredded paper strips.

Strip cutters are also a higher security risk. The resulting paper strips can be reassembled fairly easily.

Thankfully there’s a better option: the cross cut shredder, aka the confetti shredder. This shredder is so named because the resulting papers are small as confetti. The smaller pieces results in less space being used and fewer paper jams.

Office Shredders

So what exactly is the difference between office paper shredding equipment and home paper shredding equipment?

The main difference is an office shredder usually shreds faster and is larger than the home variety. Many office shredders also have thermal protected motors so they won’t burn out from high volume shredding.

The best place to start looking for an office shredder is online. There are many different varieties of office shredders, so doing some online research is a good idea. Check store reviews and do price comparisons of the best paper shredding equipment for offices.

Industrial Shredders

Watching an industrial paper shredder go to work is one of the things in life that should be on every person’s bucket list.

The sheer power of an industrial shredder is breathtaking. The volume and variety of materials that can be shredded are unmatched by any home or office paper shredding equipment available. Industrial shredders are typically used by large corporations and big businesses.

The main advantages of industrial shredders are:

  • They don’t require constant supervision for paper jams or other errors.
  • Shredding is done quickly and efficiently. More than 650 pages can be shredded at a single time. Industrial shredders are big, so they can handle huge stacks of paper all at once.
  • Many of them come with a dust extracting system. This makes the machine run smoother without the need for to clean it yourself.

Now that you know the different kinds of paper shredding equipment, choosing the right one should be pretty straightforward. Contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a visit for onsite document shredding services.

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Identity Theft Increasing

Why is it important to destroy documents? There are two main reasons: legality and identity theft.

In 2014, about 7% of U.S. residents (age 16 and over) were victims of identity theft. As troubling as this fact is, this was way back in 2014; the statistics for identity theft have only continued to rise every year.

Why Destroy Documents?

The purpose of this post is to give a brief overview for the general public, as well as for companies and small businesses, about why we should destroy documents.

In short – anybody, big or small, can be a victim of identity theft. And besides that, we all must follow the law.

Avoid Identity Theft

Take this advice to heart and you’ll greatly minimize risk of identity theft.

There are other forms of identity theft, but paper identity theft is still prevalent because too many people are careless.

Tearing your bank statement in half and tossing it in the trash just won’t cut it (pun not intended). Old fashioned dumpster diving identity theft is still prevalent, and an identity thief can easily piece together documents disposed of in this manner.

Stay On The Right Side Of The Law

There may be laws where you live or work that require you to destroy documents. Be sure to do a Google search to learn your state’s laws about how to dispose of professional documents.

Certain companies like banks and health care facilities are required by the government to shred their employees and clients documents. Other people and entities, both large and small, should follow the same procedure.

Here are 3 things you should keep in mind when you’re ready to destroy documents:

  1. Learn The Laws

One example of such a law related to healthcare is HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). If you deal with employees’ personal medical information, then you should know about HIPPA. It applies to any healthcare professional who comes in contact with others personal medical information.

  1. Come Up With A Plan

Legally you must protect your customers and employees data, and you should also have written confidential shredding plans for doing so.

  1. Consider Professional Paper Shredding

If you have a lot of documents to shred and want to be more careful, then choose a service to come to your office to shred and destroy documents.

After the documents are destroyed, they will be removed and then taken off site to be incinerated. This is the safest and most convenient method to destroy documents in large quantities.