Safe Shred Mobile Shredding TruckDo you have sensitive documents that require secure shredding? Worried about your privacy? Professional paper shredding services is the most effective and safest way to combat the risks of identity theft and fraud. At SAFESHRED, our Community Shred Day Events provide a simple and fun way to have your information shred directly before you!

Just over a month ago, SAFESHRED and The Maria Del Ray Sheriff’s Department partnered together, hosting what resulted in the most successful Shred Day Event we’ve had the pleasure of doing. It was a full day event, packed with the arrival of residents from all over the Los Angeles.

On April 26th, The Ladera Center parking lot was quite the hot spot in Los Angeles, and what a beautiful spring day it was for a Shred Day! From 8am-1pm, approximately 410 vehicles arrived throughout the event to do their part in combating identity theft!  The majority of the day operated much like your typical drive-through experience; quick and efficient. Some residents simply dropped off their sensitive documents, while others preferred to watch as our mobile shred truck destroyed their information. Our shred truck was hard at work throughout the entire day; in fact, we are pleased to share that 34,195lbs of paper was collected. That’s a whole lot of documents to shred!

The day really couldn’t have gone smoother. We were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming turnout, and couldn’t be more thankful to witness such support from our community.  Not only is it clear that Los Angeles residents see the value in secure paper shredding services, they are also willing to give back to local charities. All proceeds received were donated to the Special Olympics Campaign, Youth Explorer Program, Youth Athletic League, and various cancer charities.

SAFESHRED wants to send a huge thanks to everyone involved, including those who participated and of course The Maria Del Ray Sheriff’s Department for organizing the event and making it happen!

If you’d like to learn more about Community Shred Day events or are interested in arranging one in Los Angeles, please contact us for information at 1-800-987-4733, or click Organize a Shred Day Event! for further details. Together, we can help make our community a safer place to live!

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Shredded Paper and Filing CabnetAccording to the Better Business Bureau, the majority of identity theft cases still take place through traditional means, instead of electronic means.  What’s the best defense mechanism for protecting yourself from falling victim? Turning to secure and reliable paper shredding services. It’s critical for businesses in Los Angeles to implement strategies in their daily work routine that help to maintain the security of all sensitive documents.  Identity theft cases are on the rise, but the positive news is that with simple considerations this crime is entirely preventable. So where does paper shredding come into play? Your old and current business documents are flooded with private information surrounding employees, competition, customers, marketing plans and more. These papers require thorough shredding prior to disposal to ensure information is in fact irrecoverable. If tossed away in a garbage or recycling bin, you are ultimately putting your company at risk to unauthorized exposure. Currently using an office shredder to shred old documents?  Take it one step further by turning to professionals such as SAFESHRED,who will offer paper shredding services you can trust in. Consider ditching the office shredder for professional paper shredding services. Here’s why:

  • Security:SAFESHRED will provide you with collection containers that are lockable, ensuring documents are secured in one location, prior to the shredding process. These may be placed throughout your office in high-traffic areas where paper disposal is at its highest. When employees use your office shredder to destroy information, security is at a minimal as often papers are left lying on a desk or forgotten about entirely.
  • Uncertified Paper Shredding:  If your business experiences an audit, it may be discovered that your document management procedures fail to meet California privacy laws. Certified paper shredding can only be conducted by industry professionals like SAFESHRED.  Our team will present you with documented evidence that your information has been securely destroyed, and completed in accordance with regulations outlined under HIPAA, FACTA and more.  A Certificate of Destruction is written documentation that clearly indicates your business has followed the necessary steps needed for safeguarding information. Why not seek the best protection available to you, and outsource your paper shredding for credible certification? It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  • Cost: Unfortunately when you shred with an office paper shredder, you run into more costs than intended. These machines wear quickly and require maintenance, (not to mention employee time). When you consider all expenses involved in operating one, turning to a professional company will actually save you time and hassle in the end. SAFESHRED provides savings that are intangible; your staff can use their time more productively, completing the job duties they were hired to perform.
  • Employee Risk: Sure, you want to believe that your employees are 100% trustworthy, and in most cases they are. However, they do not receive the same background checks that employees of a shredding company receive. Employee fraud does exist, so tasking an employee to handle your document shredding needs could be a prospective liability for your business. SAFESHRED employees undergo a criminal record check and receive a comprehensive background check prior to hiring. Our team consists of skilled and qualified professionals who realize the importance of safe and secure shredding practices.

Remember that at the end of the day information surrounding your customers, clients and staff needs to remain protected. After all, they are willingly putting their personal information in your hands. The easiest and most reliable solution? Hire a trusted shredding company such as SAFESHRED in Los Angeles. Contact us today at 1-800-987-4733!

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Shred Day Event

 

A Shred Day Event is rewarding and fun! Help protect people in your community from identity theft and fraud by organizing an event where people can securely destroy and dispose of sensitive documents. Far too often people keep personal documents longer than needed, or worse toss these documents away in the trash bin. Why not help raise peace of mind while helping people clean out unneeded paperwork!?

 

 

Step 1: Determine the size of your event
The first step is deciding whether you prefer to organize a small shred event, or something much larger. This decision will likely stem from how comfortable you are, how many contacts you have in the area, and the amount of time/effort you’re willing to put forth for your shred day event. There is no right or wrong answer here, but if this is your first experience you may wish to start small to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Step 2: Recruit Volunteers
If you plan to organize a small shred event, three to four people may be enough in resources to assist with your event. For a substantial shred event you may wish to recruit closer to 10-15 helping hands. Whether it’s through Phone calls, Email, Facebook, or community bulletin boards in local shops, take advantage of the many communicative outlets available to you to request assistance. Generally friends and family will be more than happy to support you in any way possible, just be sure to give them plenty of notice in advance. Once you have recruited an appropriate team be sure to assign each individual with a particular role; this will maintain organization before, during, and after the event.

Step 3 Search for a reputable shredding company
Be sure that you select a paper shredding company like SAFESHRED that you can count on! A reputable business with positive reviews (whether online or word of mouth) will give you the peace of mind that you’re working with trustworthy professionals. Be sure that the company you choose can in fact provide on-site paper shredding services; this provides additional convenience and security for those participating. Don’t be afraid to ask whether or not a paper shredding company can donate towards your event, or provide you with a discount on services; this is especially the case if your company is organizing the shred day as it’s a great exposure. You may also wish to consider partnering with local banks, radio stations, schools, or grocery stores to assist in funding your shred day.

Step 4: Locating an ideal place to shred
Be sure to select an appropriate spot to hold your shredding event. Make sure it’s large enough to hold your expected crowd, and that it’s easily accessible for both your attendees and the paper shredding company. Keep in mind that there needs to be adequate space for a large mobile shred truck to maneuver through safely. Ideally, you should select a location that’s also recognized widely by your attendees, such as a municipal building, school, or community centre. It would be pretty disappointing preparing a shred day, only to discover that nobody can locate the event itself!

Step 5: Promote your event
Be sure to spread the word! Again, these efforts will be based on how large or small you’d like the event to be. If you’re concerned about turn-out and would like to attract a large crowd, consider calling and/or email local media — radio, TV, newspapers and internet. After all, you are hosting a very valuable service so be confident and have fun with it! Your attitude and enthusiasm will urge the media to help spread the word. Remember to ask your volunteers to help spread the word; post flyers in stores, libraries, laundry mats, and community centers are all perfect for this.

Step 6: Get Shredding!
The day has arrived and it’s time to carry out your shred event! Be sure to arrive at least an hour before the event to ensure everything is in place. Place signs around the given area so it’s easy for everyone to find. Arrive an hour before the event; use this time to post signs outside the building so everyone can find it. It’s a nice gesture to provide snacks, drinks, cutlery, paper plates and cups to those attending the event, including the employees of the paper shredding company. Keep the event organized and the line moving; be sure that you have assigned someone to take pictures that day. Other than that, leave it to your professional shredding company to handle the rest!

SAFESHRED in Los Angeles, California will happily partner with you to organize a shred event in your community! Contact us today for our current shred day promotions. Call 1-800-987-4733!

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