Why and What to Shred?

Why Shred?
Document shredding is a process used to destroy paper documents by cutting the paper into very small pieces. There are two main reasons why document shredding is important: to prevent identity theft and safely dispose of confidential information.
Identity theft is one of the fasted growing crimes. Even though we are in the cyber age and computer hacking is on also on the rise, most identity theft information is obtained through hard copy paper sources. One or two pieces of personal information from your garbage are all that is required to steal your identity.
What to Shred
Anything that has a signature, account number, social security number, or medical or legal information
Address labels from junk mail and magazines
ATM receipts, Bank statements
Birth certificate copies
Canceled and voided checks
Credit and charge card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts
Credit reports and histories
Documents containing maiden name
(used by credit card companies for security reasons)
Documents containing name, address, phone or e-mail address
Documents relating to investments
Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
Driver’s licenses or items with a driver’s license number
Employment records
Employee pay stubs
Expired passports and visas
Unlaminated identification cards
(college IDs, state IDs, employee ID badges, military IDs)
Legal documents
Investment, stock and property transactions
Items with a signature
(leases, contracts, letters)
Luggage tags
Medical and dental records
Papers with a Social Security number
Pre-approved credit card applications
Receipts with checking account numbers
Report cards
Resumés or curriculum vitae
Tax forms
Travel itineraries
Used airline tickets
Utility bills
(telephone, gas, electric, water, cable TV, Internet)