Bin raiders are either individuals working on their own initiative or employed by organised criminal gangs. The sole purpose of their actions is to collect as much personal information about you as possible. They rummage through your bins searching for any kind of correspondence containing your personal details in order to carry out fraudulent activities. Identity theft in itself, is not regarded as a crime until someone benefits from it.
To avoid the stress and trauma associated with identity theft, be sure to destroy all bank statements, insurance documents, utility bills, catalogue invoices, junk mail and even personal letters with your name and address on before discarding to the bin. It can take between 6 months and up to 2 years to reclaim your identity. For a small monetary outlay you can invest in a shredder, which will cut up your documents into unreadable pieces of paper.
You can choose between strip cut, cross cut and confetti/micro cut shredders, each shredder has a security rating attached to it.
Strip Cut – for everyday home use, suitable for between 1 and 3 users. Security level rating between 1 and 2, which shreds a single piece of A4 paper into approximately 36 strips.
Cross Cut – recommended for small business and professional use and appropriate for 3 – 5 users. These have a higher security level of 3 and above. It cuts an A4 document into 412 unreadable small pieces.
Confetti/Microshred – for use in shared workplaces with between 5 and 20 users. Security rating of 4 or 5 and shreds an A4 piece of paper into 2,000+ tiny pieces.
For peace of mind and to avoid becoming another statistic of identity theft invest in a shredder. If you would like further advise and information regarding the different types of shredder then contact us either by e-mail, or by telephoning 01656 749808.