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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Document Shredding Los AngelesIf your Los Angeles company is considering outsourcing its paper shredding, getting a Certificate of Destruction is an excellent step towards ensuring compliance. While shredding in-house is better than failing to shred at all, it simply does not provide the same security to your business, and could lead to legal liabilities. If you have done some research, you likely have come across the term COD or Certificate of Destruction, but are you aware of its significance and the role that it plays with regards to secure, document destruction? 

Identity theft cases only continue to increase, meaning that it’s more critical than ever to have a regular paper shredding schedule in place. In doing so, you’re taking preventative measures in protecting information surrounding your employees and customers. It is more important than ever for businesses to implement a secure, document destruction program to protect their employees and customers’ personal information.

The idea of passing over private documents to a shredding company may have you wondering whether or not it’s a secure process and we completely understand any hesitations you may have. After all, how can you be sure you’re dealing with trained and knowledgeable professionals? What if documents get lost or stolen during the process? Worse, how can you be sure your documents are in fact destroyed thoroughly? Not to worry, these are valid questions that you should be asking yourself when partnering with a document destruction company.

A reputable and trustworthy company such as SAFESHRED, will always provide you with documented proof which states your information has been destroyed safely and in compliance with California privacy laws. This Certificate of Destruction (COD) ultimately provides you with peace of mind in knowing that we have taken all necessary security precautions during the entire paper shredding process to protect your company. Unfortunately, some shredding companies will state that their services are secure, but in actuality if they are unable provide physical proof that confirms this. You are encouraged to go elsewhere for your shredding needs if this is the case.

A Certificate of Destruction supplies the following details:

  • Verifies your documents have been thoroughly destroyed with a complete audit trail
  • Clear statement of governing terms and conditions
  • Distinct work order number

Remember that regardless of whom you decide to hire for your paper shredding, it is recommended that you never shred with a company that doesn’t provide a Certificate of Destruction. This piece of documentation acts as a point of reference and liability, should any problems arise.

At SAFESHRED we take the protection of our clients very seriously, and we place your safety above all else. Contact us today for more information on our secure paper shredding services, or for more details regarding our Certificate of Destruction. Call 1-800-987-4733

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Have a Safe and Easy Tax Season

On April 10th, 2014, posted in: SAFESHRED News by

Paper Shredding Los AngelesApril 15th is fast approaching and you know what that means – tax day! If your business is like most in Los Angeles, you’ve probably been preparing for tax season for awhile. Unfortunately, most identity thieves have been preparing for tax season as well. This is the perfect time of the year for dumpster diving to take place because thieves know how easy it is to misplace and throw out confidential information. After all, you and probably every other company in Los Angeles is buried under mountains of files. It is incredibly easy to lose something or mismanage a document, which ultimately puts your business, employees and customers at risk.

How do you protect your business during this tax season? Read to learn more:

 

5 Solutions for a Safe and Easy Tax Season

Turn to Paper ShreddingPaper shredding can be extremely beneficial during tax season because it allows you to become more organized and eliminates unnecessary documents in a safe manner. If you have been thinking of implementing a paper shredding strategy then tax season is the perfect time to start!

Be Prepared – Being prepared for your taxes will save you countless hours and save you a lot of headaches and money. Being prepared starts at the beginning of the year – not a month or two before tax day. It may seem tedious but once you’re in the habit, organizing your files will come naturally.

Use the IRS Website – The IRS website is an amazing resource that is designed to make tax season even easier. Gone are the days of having files mailed to your home or office. You can easily find the files you need, print them off and fill them out. Regardless of what taxes you have to do, the IRS website can provide everything you need: http://www.irs.gov/

Stay Organized – We talked about being organized all year but you need to stay organized while you are doing your taxes as well. The best way to maintain organization through this process is by carefully filling out each form one by one. Taking this approach will eliminate the chance of making a mistake or missing a step along the way.

Mistakes Happen – Speaking of mistakes, they do happen and the IRS is reasonable if you make an effort to correct the error. In fact, mistakes are so common that they provide a “help” section on their website and have a telephone number at which they can be reached for such occurrences. If you come across a folder with receipts or bills that you forgot to include after everything has been sent, simply visit their website and find a local office:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-Your-Local-IRS-Office-1

Remember, paper shredding is one of the best solutions for staying and keeping business documents organized. Turn to us this tax season and for future shredding needs, for all your document destruction needs.  SAFESHRED is here to help! Contact our Los Angeles location today to learn more!

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This Saturday, April 5th, Safeshred will be participating in the Volunteer Clean-Up Day hosted by the City of Commerce.   We are very excited to help the community with this spring clean-up event and take part in preventing identity theft.  Our mobile truck will be available to shred paper for Commerce residents from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of City Hall.  E-waste drop-off will also be available thanks to EWC (E-Waste Center).

Dumpsters will be located throughout the neighborhood so residents can discard bulky items.

  • Brenda Villa Aquatic Center, 5550 Harbor Ave.
  • Cul de sac at Commerce Way north of Bartmus
  • Cul de sac at Bartmus & Fidelia
  • Intersection of Elkgrove & Jillson
  • Bristow Park 1466 McDonnel Ave.
  • Teen Center, 5107 Astor Ave.
  • Veterans Park, 6364 Zindell Ave.

Volunteer Clean Up Day Shred Event Flyer

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Shred Day West Adams

Spring is here, Tax Season is here, and so is the beautiful warm weather. We are thrilled to have some great shredding events lined up for the next several weeks.  It is exciting to see so many communities putting effort into preventing identity theft this tax & spring cleaning season!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department – Southwest Community College
  • March of the Dimes Fundraising Event
  • 1600 W. Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90047
  • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • City of Commerce – Annual Spring Clean Up
  • 2535 Commerce Way, Commerce CA 90040
  • Parking Lot
  • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Saturday April 26th, 2014

 

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Paper Shredding Los Angeles

On March 11th, 2014, posted in: SAFESHRED News by

Are you looking to find a paper shredding company in Los Angeles? If you are asking yourself that question it may be time to start shredding! Letting your records and documents pile up or failing to shred them when it’s time, could put your company at risk of fraud, potential fines and penalties.

Paper Shredding Services Los Angeles

Scheduled Paper Shredding – If your business needs a regular scheduled paper shredding service in Los Angeles than SAFESHRED wants to be your provider. We offer shredding services that are convenient, well priced and voted some of the best in the area. Since 1996, SAFESHRED has been scheduling paper shredding services in Los Angeles, and we have the experience to securely destroy every document. By using our services, we will ensure that your business stays in compliance with California Privacy Laws.

One-Time Purge – SAFESHRED offers one time shredding purges for any company that has a build-up of confidential files that need to be destroyed. Our one time purge services are an extremely convenient, cost effective and efficient way to clean out your office.

On-Site Paper Shredding – On-site paper shredding is one of the most convenient services we offer. It’s as simple as calling us and we will arrive at your Los Angeles business, collect your documents and shred them right in front of you.

Off-Site Paper Shredding – Off-site paper shredding is a completely safe way to dispose of your confidential documents. We will provide you with secure collection containers, pick up your files at the scheduled servicing time, and take them back to our Los Angeles shredding facility. This is an extremely popular way to destroy your documents, and many Los Angeles businesses take advantage of this option on a regular basis.

Paper Shredding Service Area:

• Los Angeles, California
• Santa Monica, California
• Bel Air, California
• Whittier, California
• Compton, California
• Long Beach, California
• Huntington Park, California
• Maywood, California
• Walnut Park, California
• Commerce, California
• Bell, California
• Glendale, California
• South Pasadena, California
• Monterey Park, California
• South Gate, California
• West Hollywood, California
• Bell Gardens, California
• Westmont, California

We offer the above paper shredding services to any company in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. If you would like to discuss how our paper shredding can help your business stay compliant, contact us today!

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Generally speaking most people dread that day when it’s time to pay those hefty utility bills that show up each month. Once each bill is sorted out and paid, many of us simply toss away the paperwork in the recycling or trash bin, assuming there is no need to keep anything following payment. This is one of the biggest mistakes one could make, and sadly it is one that you may pay a big price for. Throwing away documents that contain sensitive information provides no protection to you because if any of it is accessed by the wrong person, it may provide enough details for identity theft to take place.

Each of these documents are full of personal details such as your name, address, phone number, credit card number, and of course your bank account numbers. If these papers find their way into the trash, they will be collected with the rest of your garbage and perhaps collected by someone else.

What’s deemed as trash to you, is an Identity thief’s treasure

So what’s the issue with throwing away your paid bills anyways? Surely no one will take the time and effort to go through your garbage in hopes of finding this information, right? Wrong. Don’t under estimate what identity thieves are capable of or what exposing even a tidbit of information can lead to. If a criminal is determined enough they will spend the necessary time to sift through your trash until they find the details they need. The information you thought was irrelevant can give an identity thief enough ammunition to sign up for new credit cards or even empty your bank account.

The alarming reality is that many of those credit card approval letters we often despise getting in the mail are tossed away and later obtained by dumpster divers. If this occurs it’s extremely easy for a criminal to respond to the letter, provide a new address and immediately receive credit under your name; the approval process is especially quick if you already have good credit. Once approval goes through, you can bet they will take full advantage of it, racking up thousands of dollars in debt that you may not notice for months down the road. Bottom line is that if you are carelessly throwing away financial documents rather than securely shredding them, you are providing your trash bins with a gold mine of juicy details a criminal would love to get their hands on!

Protect Yourself from the Risks of Identity Theft with These 3 Tips

  • Never dispose of documents that include a Social Security Number, driver’s license number, or bank account number into a public trash bin.
  • Always shred documents containing vital information, rather than crumpling paper up and tossing it into an open garbage or recycling bin.
  • Carefully shred all old credit and debit cards so that nothing is legible, and ensure you use a reliable and trustworthy shredding company to dispose of your confidential information.

When you allow SAFESHRED to look after your confidential documents, we’ll ensure all material is safely shred and disposed of so you or your company, customers, and employees are always protected.

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Cheers to the staff, volunteers, and all participants during the Shred Day on October 5th, 2013. Thank you for all the donations!

This was a fundraising event. Your generous donations for this safe and convenient document disposal helped Special Olympics of Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey YAL, Marina Del Rey Explorers, and all of our Charitable Giving Endeavors.

When: Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Time: 9AM – 2PM
Where: 5315 West Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045
(Ralphs, Ross, CVS,TGIF Fridays Parking Lot)
310-410-4600

Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station polices the unincorporated communities of Ladera
Heights, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica Bay, View Park and Windsor Hills:

Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
13851 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 482-6000
Website: http://www.MarinaDelRey.lasd.org
LASD Text & Email (Register at http://www.Nixle.com :
https://local.nixle.com/lasd—marina-del-rey-station-los-angeles-county-sheriff/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarinaDelReySheriffsStation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MDRLASD

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drop-off paper shredding, free paper shredding, document shredding services in los angeles

It’s that time of year again to collect donations.  Chiming into your generous spirit is always a good idea and SAFESHRED would be more than happy to help you keep your identity safe during the holidays.   In addition to canned goods, we will also accept non-perishable food items, and cash donations.  Bring 5 items, and we will shred 5 file storage size boxes (35 lbs) free of charge.

All you need to do is swing by anytime between 7:30am and 3:30pm during the weekday.  Our drop-off paper shredding service is also open 7:30am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays.  Last day to participate is Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.

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