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Why You Need to Shred

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Compliance

To comply with the compliance standards at both the State and Federal levels, U & Me provides secure records destruction services.

Most companies do not have the time or financial ability to create and put a compliant program into effect. Most companies do not even have basic shredding or information disposal guidelines to begin with or have access to information for implementing employee compliance across their various offices or locations.

A company can put itself at serious risk of non-compliance without the proper tools to monitor and comply with a clear disposal program.

Identity Theft

One in ten people are already victims of the quickest growing form of fraud across the world. Disposing information at the source significantly lowers the risk of confidential information from being put into the wrong person’s hands.

Environment

Reduction of environmental impact – Each person creates 6.3 lbs. of a garbage daily so it’s not surprising companies are searching for better procedures that won’t interfere with privacy. Recycling paper after it has been securely shredded is one way to lower a company’s impact on the environment.

What Needs Shredding

In short, destroy all sensitive information including junk mail and paperwork that includes

  • Account numbers
  • Birth dates
  • Passwords and PINs
  • Signatures
  • Social Security numbers

To protect your privacy, you should also consider shredding items that include:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • E-mail addresses
Below is a list of specific items to consider shredding for your safety and privacy:
  • 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
  • Employee pay stubs
  • Employment records
  • Expired credit and identification cards including driver’s licenses, college IDs, military IDs, employee badges, medical insurance cards, etc. (If your shredder can’t handle plastic, cut up cards with a scissors before discarding them.)
  • Expired passports and visas
  • Legal documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Investment, stock and property transactions
  • 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
  • Signatures (such as those found on leases, contracts, letters)
  • Tax forms
  • Transcripts
  • Travel itineraries
  • Used airline tickets
  • Utility bills (telephone, gas, electric, water, cable TV, Internet)

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2626 Electronics Way West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Phone: (561) 832-6156 (ext.3) Fax: (561) 655-6985 Email: Staff@uandmerecords.com

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