Recently, Paul our janitorial staff member brought a homeowner's bank statement to the office. It was found in the trash with a myriad of other personal information. We shredded it, however the incident opened the discussion of identity theft.
Financial and health records, insurance documents, virtually anything and everything which has your identifying information should be cross-shredded. If you don't have a cross-shredder, there are several businesses which provide that service. Just take your banker's box or trashbag full of documents to them and for about $6 - $10 per bag/box, you'll have kept yourself a little safer from identity theft.
For more information on this topic, please visit the Federal Trade Commission's Website on Identity Theft. For information on where to drop off shredded items or what should be shredded, please visit Shred Drop Off.
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