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Did you know that individuals who are well-informed of the risks and factors associated with identity theft are less vulnerable to becoming a victim of the crime?

As your local shredding company, we care about your protection. Shred Instead is dedicated to helping the community; introducing your business or home to the proactive approach of secure document destruction.

Identity theft is a serious issue all around the world. Knowing the facts is the first step in ensuring your personal information remains in safe hands.

  • Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America
  • Over 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year
  • Types of identity theft include:
    • Financial ID theft
    • Insurance ID theft
    • Child ID theft
    • Medical ID theft
    • Criminal ID theft
    • Social Security ID theft
    • Driver’s License ID theft
    • Business or Commercial ID theft
  • The most common ways identities are stolen are:
    • Throwing away documents with personal information on them (bank statements, old bills, receipts, etc.)
    • Providing personal information on an unsecure Internet platform
    • Having your wallet or mail stolen
    • Revealing personal information over the telephone to thieves posing as financial institutions, telephone companies, or other sources
  • An average of 56.6 billion dollars is lost by businesses each year due to identity theft.
  • 66% of identity theft victims have new accounts that they don’t know about, opened in their names.
  • Only 15% of people find out they’ve been victimized by being proactive. The other 75% find out by being denied credit, receiving phone calls from a debt collections agency, etc.
  • On average, it takes a victim 330 hours to recover from ID theft. The hours range from 3-5,840, depending on the seriousness of the crime. It can take several weeks or even years to get your finances and credit back to “pre-theft” order.
  • It only takes 2 minutes to receive a quote from Shred Instead about our secure document destruction services.