Are you trashing your security?

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Unfortunately, we live in a world where bad people are intent on doing good people harm.  One of the ways they accomplish this is through identity theft.  If you are discarding the following;

  • receipts
  • business correspondence
  • credit and employment applications
  • bank statements
  • checks/money orders
  • IRS-related documents
  • employee files
  • personal files
  • medical records
  • junk mail
  • email/hard copy correspondence

in a trash receptacle, then you are putting yourself, and your clients security in severe jeopardy.  The only acceptable practice of disposal is through paper shredding.  Penalties against businesses who violate Texas’ identity theft provisions are substantial.  The reason for these strict new laws is clear: They help protect millions of Texans from becoming the next victims of identity theft.  On-Site Shred is Houston’s premiere paper shredding company.  Let us work with you to develop a program that is cost effective and meets the security needs of your business. 

 

Shredding at Storage Facilities

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While our main focus is providing Shredding route service to clients, we offer one time clean outs, also known as “Purge” service.  Purge service is for companies or individuals that have accumalated documents through the years and are at the end of their lifecycle.  For guidelines on how long to retain your records, please click here “Record Retention Guidelines”.  You should always consult with your legal council before shredding any documents.  Most of our clients who request purge service have their records stored offsite at storage facilities.  Though our trucks are over 35 feet in length, we have never come across a facility that can not accomadate us.  To schedule a time for us to come out to your storage facility, please call On-Site Shred at 866-584-0670

Shred days at the Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center!

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 The Woodlands, TX – Identity theft is a real and serious danger not only nationwide, but right here in our hometown.  Most of us keep our garbage receptacles outside where they sit unlocked and accessible to criminals who wish to do us harm.  The amount of information that can be obtained off junk mail is enough to do serious damage to our identities’.  The amount of information that can be obtained off improperly disposed of financial documents can ruin a person’s life. 

 

The Grogan’s Mill Village Association in conjunction with On-Site Shred will be providing an answer to combat identity theft.  Starting June 7th, and continuing every Saturday thereafter, On-Site Shred will be placing a truck in the Grogan’s Mill shopping center from 9 am until 12 pm.  Individuals can bring up to five boxes of documents to be destroyed.  The price per box is $7.00 for a standard file box and $10.00 for a Banker’s box.  This service is being provided to serve the public.  Businesses wishing to destroy their documents are asked to please call On-Site Shred at 281-292-2280 and set a time for the truck to come to them.  No need to remove paper clips, binder clips, staples, or rubber bands.  Individuals are asked to remove documents from three ring binders and remove any plastic.  All the shredding is done on-site allowing individuals to witness the destruction first-hand.  100% of the waste stream is recycled keeping The Woodlands clean and green!  After you finish with your shred, stop by The Farmer’s Market for some great produce and specialty items, or visit the fine shops located in the shopping center. 

Choosing the right Shredder

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I see it and hear it every day, my shredder just went up in smoke!  Many of the so-called industrial shredders don’t quite live up to their advertising.  Shredders that cost upwards of five thousand dollars should have bullet proof warranties.  But as many of our clients tell us, that is not the case.  There are many advantages to using an on-site shredder.  The first and foremost is no shredder equipment to maintain!  Never again will you have to place a call to fix your shredder.  Never again will you have to call a Tech out to clear a shredder jam.  Nor will you have to worry about your shredder failing during a big purge.  Shredders are designed to break.

Another advantage to using an on-site shredder is employee time.  Using employee time efficiently is a must in today’s highly competitive society.  Using a salaried employee as a shredder is probably not the most effective way that employee could be using their time.  On the flip side you could stock pile your documents and have a low level employee be used as a shredder.  Using a low level employee as a shredder probably isn’t the best idea either.  Using this person as a shredder allows them access to the company’s most sensitive material.  All you have to do is pick up a paper to read about a corporation facing criminal and civil lawsuits because some manager assigned the shredder duties to a low level employee who found it easier to deposit the records in the back dumpster. 

Still another advantage of using an on-site shredder is security.  A good shredder will destroy your documents on-site and issue you a certificate of destruction.  Most metropolitan areas will have a few shredders to choose from.  Choosing the right shredder is crucial.  Choosing the wrong shredder could result in disaster.  Always check to make sure the shredder belongs to a governing body like the National Association of Information Destruction.  Also make sure the shredder is accountable within the community by being part of the Better Business Bureau.  Make sure the Shredder is involved in the Chamber of Commerce, and make sure you ask the shredder for a list of references.  If you follow these few guidelines, you will find a good shredder.

 

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