June 8, 2012 > Shred It!
Submitted By Newark PD
Your garbage can tell a lot about you, such as what you eat, your recycling habits, what brands of detergent you prefer, your favorite dog food and unfortunately your most personal information.
The garbage and recycling containers aren't the place for your old intact documents, statements, tax forms and anything else that has your personal information. The reason is simple; there are thieves who look through garbage and recycling bins to find just that type of information. They use this information to, in essence; become you by accessing and acquiring credit in your name.
How do we stop them? Shredding It!! No documents, envelopes, forms, receipts, statements or other items containing your personal information should find their way into your garbage can until they are in a condition that they can't be read or taped back together.
Shred it all! A cross-cut security shredder is your best bet as it does more than just cut long strips that can possibly be taped together. Rather, it makes cuts in at least two different directions making it nearly impossible to "recreate" the documents.
Turn on those shredders and get rid of those old files the safe way!