Why Does Shredding Matter?

by Connor Pena

Shredders are required by certain government contracts and suggested by business security professionals. Getting rid of paper in shreds also seems to be a favored method of businesses that don't seem to have much to hide, and figuring out whether your business needs to invest in a shredder can be a constant series of questions answered by "just in case" statements. So, why shred? The following information will help you figure out how important a shredding services agreement should be to your company.

Effective Destruction Keeps Secrets Safe

What kind of sensitive information does your business have? Unless you have specific contracts with government agencies or corporations with longer-running projects than your own, you may not realize that many documents related to your business are sensitive.

The most basic type of sensitive information is personally-identifying information. Information such as names, addresses, and next of kin can be used to open credit card accounts, take out loans, and do many other things in the American credit system.

It isn't just individuals at risk, however. Your business has a much bigger potential bank account and credit allowance, meaning that thieves can either take a lot more money out for a big risk of being caught, or take a little bit of money out in the form of legitimate-looking supply purchases to resell or otherwise hide.

Next comes trade secrets. Does your business do something better than other businesses? Do you have information about customers that no one else has? A lot of your paperwork could show your projects, plans, and patterns that lead to business success. Business rivals can steal your ideas and put them into action aggressively when you least expect it, and they can do it in a way that reduces your ability to recover or fight back.

Finally, government secrets are critical. If you're working on something for a government agency, you're able to expose the government to the same fraud risks mentioned before, but you'll have to deal with heavier consequences when the fraud is detected. Contracts involving national secrets shouldn't be released to your business without the government imposing their secrecy standards on you, but if you happen to receive information about troop movements or planned military tech purchases, having a shredder service handy can keep you out of a lot of trouble.

Bulk Disposal With More Room

Paperwork takes up a lot of room. It's all about how a piece of paper is designed; a slightly rolled, curled, or cupped piece of paper takes up a lot of room in a trash bag. Even if you lay the pieces of paper flat on the bottom of a garbage bin, the paper will still bunch up on the edges and eventually shuffle out of place.

Shredding paper saves space by allowing smaller bits of paper to fill in gaps. Whole pieces of paper--or whole solids in general--stack up in a particular direction and order instead of filling in empty spaces closer to the bottom. Shredded paper is more like liquid, where the smaller bits can fall into smaller gaps and form a smaller heap of trash.

Contact a professional document shredding company like Document Demolition LLC to find out how they can take care of your business's shredding needs for you and give you peace of mind.