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Document Shredding: Why Do You Really Need It?

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Perhaps you’ve seen one of our mobile shredding service trucks drive by. Maybe you’ve only heard of secure document shredding in passing. If you’re like many people, you might shrug your shoulders. “That’s fine for some people,” you think, “but that’s overkill for something I can do myself.” Unfortunately, it’s thoughts like those that cause expensive consequences later down the road.

Document shredding isn’t just a case of whether or not you need it. It’s an issue of how long you can afford to ignore it. See, secure document shredding isn’t just good for your employees or your storage room – it’s good for your business, in both the long and short-term.

If you’re still on the fence about shredding, keep reading. We’re going to explore the three main reasons why you need document destruction on your team.

1. Document Security Matters

Information is one of the single most valuable assets you’ll ever have, whether it’s your own personally identifiable information (PII) or that of your customers and clients. It’s what data thieves desire most, and they can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage with just a few pieces, like a name and a home address. In fact, PII is so valuable that there are numerous state and federal laws dictating precisely how it should be handled, used, and discarded. Even if you don’t work in an industry influenced by these laws, you still have a responsibility to protect the information in your care, and that’s a fact that can directly affect your business.

When papers are tossed out into the public trash or recycling bin, they effectively leave your control. Once you relinquish them, anyone walking past can pick them up or look at the information they hold. Imagine the damage control of a stolen paystub or the litigation that could come from losing a customer’s record. Secure document shredding is both the fastest and most effective solution to this problem, and the kicker is that it’s not even as expensive as you think it’s going to be. In fact, it can save you money.

2. Yes, It Actually Saves Money

Let’s set the scene. You decide (rightly) that document security is important, so you take on the task of in-house document shredding on your own. You shell out a few grand for an office shredder, and you assign an employee to process, shred, and safely deliver the particles to a recycling facility. How much is that costing you per month, just in terms of lost employee time and productivity?

We’re not even going to consider the cost of repairs when your off-the-rack shredder breaks or jams. And even with all that fuss, are your documents actually being shredded as thoroughly as they should be? Are they somewhere safe and secure until they can be shredded, or are they all piled in an open bin in the hallway? Even with the best of intentions, your in-house shredding operation is costing you money, taking an employee away from their work, and you’re not even getting the quality of document shredding that you need.

Now, let’s contrast that with a professional shredding company in Philadelphia. They’re locally owned and operated, so they already understand the information laws that apply to your state and your industry. They arrive on a schedule you determine, collect whatever documents you have from secure shredding consoles (that they provided, free of charge), shred them on-site where you can see, provide you with a Certificate of Destruction for your records, and immediately remove the particles for recycling.

And that’s it. That’s all there is to it.

In a single fifteen-minute visit, you’ve done everything that would have cost you thousands of dollars and weeks of lost time, with absolutely no effort or extra expenditure. The only decision you have to make is how best to spend the money that you’ve saved.

3. It’s Your Way to Stay 100% Compliant

As we briefly discussed earlier, a professional shredding company (Philadelphia-based or otherwise) has already done the research for you. Every aspect of their service, from how their employees pick up a piece of paper to the tooth gauge of their shredding machines, has been designed to maintain full compliance with state and federal privacy regulations. When you delegate your document shredding to them, you’re ensuring that you’ll remain 100% compliant with these laws. That means no stolen papers, no improperly discarded records, and a greatly reduced chance of being held liable for any misplaced information – and that’s worth months of time and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Secure Document Shredding from Titan

If you’re ready to give secure document shredding a try, you can do it with no risk. Titan Mobile Shredding offers a 90-Day Risk-Free Trial for regularly scheduled shredding service, which means you can experience our superior customer service for yourself before you commit to long-term shredding. There’s no off-the-rack shredding plan, either – we’ll work directly with you to create the most cost-effective shredding schedule for you and your business, so you’ll always get the most value possible.

For more information on our Philadelphia shredding company, or for the secure document shredding services we provide, give us a call at (866) 848-2699. You can also request a free, no-obligation shredding quote online.

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