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Why You Shouldn't Be Living Without a Home Shredder

Jul 23, 2008
If you have ever worked in any type of professional office setting then you probably know that the office shredder is something that most businesses won't ever do without. However, did you know that it's probably almost as important for you to have a home shredder as it is for the business to have an office shredder? The risk that you take when you fail to shred personal documents in your home is a risk that can compromise the financial and physical safety of yourself and the other people who live in your home. That's not a risk that is ever worth taking. If all that you need to do to reduce that risk significantly is to implement the regular use of the home shredder, wouldn't that be worth the little bit of money and effort that is required?

The main risk that you are taking when you don't use a home shredder is the risk that your personal financial documents are going to be stolen and utilized to steal your identity. There are several scenarios in which this may occur. One is that you throw away your financial statements without shredding them and they are stolen from the trash. Another is that you leave the papers lying around in your home and someone who breaks into the home steals them in order to gain more than just the physical items that could be stolen from the home. And yet another is that someone who has a legitimate reason to be in your home (such as a babysitter or appliance repair person) steals your financial documents. In all three cases, the result is that someone who shouldn't have your personal financial information now has access to it and may be able to steal your identity as a result.

Although the most common risk that you take when you fail to use a home shredder is this risk to your financial security, the most serious risk that you're taking is that you're compromising the physical security of your home. If you leave personal documents lying around, people can learn more about you than they should. Those people who nose around your home or your trash may be able to learn details about your life ranging from what times you'll be out of the home to what the address of your child's babysitter is. Although it is not common for people to steal this type of information from home documents and to use it to harm you, it could happen. Using a home shredder to get rid of all documentation of this kind can significantly decrease the risks that you are taking with your own personal safety and the safety of your family.

It should be obvious by now that there are some really strong reasons that you should consider using the home shredder in your home. The first step, of course, will be to purchase a shredder. In most cases, a small personal strip-shredder should be sufficient but you should be aware that information is destroyed more completely when you invest in a cross-cutting home shredder. After making the purchase, you'll want to immediately get yourself into the habit of shredding all documents on a regular basis. This is tough to get used to at first since you're in the habit of just tossing out papers or leaving them on your counters and desks.

Making a conscious effort to use the home shredder on each document as soon as the document is no longer needed is something that takes some energy but which is well worth the rewards you get in terms of home and financial safety.
About the Author
Andy West is a writer for iShopshredders which offers a complete line of shredders including the industrial shredder.
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