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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Medical offices contain a significant amount of confidential information such as financial documents, employee records, and of course patient medical records. While any business should have a secure shredding program in place, with HIPAA regulations and fines on the rise, it’s of even greater importance for the Healthcare industry.

With the amount of documents that circulate through a hospital, it’s no wonder errors can occur easily. Even a minor mistake made by one employee can result in exposure of patient data. Patient records generally include enough personal information for a criminal to take over one’s identity. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been established specifically for preventing instances such as this, providing protection for patients and hospitals under the act. According to HIPAA, healthcare companies must implement extreme measures to guarantee patient medicals records are protected at all times. Failure to do so could result in government fines, or even lawsuits by the affected victims. Neither situations are pleasant to experience for either party involved; therefore, it’s vital your office follows all privacy policies and regulations as outlined in HIPAA.

Start with these simple steps to ensure HIPAA compliance:

1) Training: Providing training sessions for your employees is essential in educating your staff on day to day healthcare practices, compliant with HIPAA. Any employee who uses or shares protected health details, needs to be aware of security policies in place by your hospital. Consider refresher courses for current staff to reiterate the importance of remaining HIPAA compliant. Without proper training, your staff may not be held accountable should a privacy breach occur. Be pro-active, and ensure your staff understands all policies.

2) Computers and computerized equipment: If your hospital is in the midst of upgrading its computer equipment, it’s imperative you take the necessary steps to guarantee patient information is protected. Whether you plan to trade or recycle your computer parts, private details pertaining to your patients such as their contact information and medical background, could be accessible if not securely destroyed. In the same sense, your current computers are full of patient data, and therefore proper security measures should be implemented to protect these files. Firewalls, email filters, and data leak prevention are all important precautionary steps in protecting your patients.

3) Public Locations: While this preventive act is not as obvious, it’s important to refrain from conversing about patients in any public area; this includes waiting rooms, hallways or elevators. Confidential information could otherwise be spread to visitors or other patients unknowingly. This policy should also refer to physical records; all patient files should be securely stored and inaccessible in public areas.

4) Follow phone protocols: A medical office needs to have detailed guidelines in terms of what information is allowed to be given over the phone. Specific individuals such as health insurance reps and family will likely have the authority to be informed of patient details; however any other caller should be given very basic details over the phone to ensure HIPAA policies are obeyed.

5) Use HIPAA compliant Shredding Consoles: Most offices have different bins for a variety of material being collected. There should be containers specifically for the collection of confidential documents. Any paper containing private patient, employee, or hospital details has to be secured in a lockable shred bin, until a shredding provider safely destroys these papers. Simply tossing these in the trash bin puts your hospital at significant legal risk.

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Shredding documents is a practice most companies have incorporated into their everyday business routine. With the regulations in place established by HIPAA, proper disposal of sensitive data is vital in protecting your company and customers. The risks involved in tossing confidential material in the trash range from exposing employee information, private documents to competitors, or worse; the occurrence of identity theft.

So who’s looking after your shredding?

Often smaller companies turn to their staff to handle the task, with the use of an in-house portable shredder. Usually this method is decided upon because it’s viewed as an easier and more cost effective option; however when all things are considered, the opposite is true.

Before you settle with a do-it-yourself approach, it’s important to consider the following disadvantages that come with it:

• The task of shredding paper is not only tedious, it’s time consuming. Plus there is the task of staple removal because most portable shredders can’t process them. Hours spent shredding, means hours of lost employee productivity that could be focused on core business priorities.

• Portable shredding devices are often noisy causing a disruptive work environment; it can be difficult to focus on day to day tasks with the distraction of a shredding machine running. Such noise generally results in lowered work efficiency among staff.

• There is no guarantee that sensitive information will in fact be destroyed by the staff member in charge. It’s easy to let things slip through the cracks, and this includes mistakenly tossing away or recycling confidential papers, that should in fact be shredded.

On the flip side, consider the advantages that a Document Destruction provider can offer:

• A shredding company can provide the same service in a fraction of the time it takes to do in-house. A mobile shredding truck or off-site shredding company can handle staples, elastics or paper clips. Suddenly, internal resources are freed up and can focus solely on their job roles, contributing to the overall success of the company

• No need to organize old documents into filing boxes, or monotonously feed paper through a machine. Shred bins are provided for convenient paper disposal, where all content remains safe until it reaches capacity and requires emptying. At this point a shredding specialist will look after everything for you.

• Security risks are significantly reduced, as the process is handled by highly trained professionals only. Furthermore, following shredding, a document destruction company will provide proof of shredding with a certification of secure destruction

When you factor in the time and costs that are associated with shredding in-house, it’s much more beneficial to you financially, to outsource your shredding requirements.

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If you have an old printer or monitor kicking around your office, you are not alone. End-of-life electronics is the fastest growing form of waste, and accounts for about 5% of our total trash volume. In this day and age, there are electronic devices emerging constantly that provoke us to purchase the latest and greatest replacement gadget. Whether it is a cell phone, computer, or monitor, we live in a society where a perfectly good computer will be brushed aside if there is a new, sleek edition available.

In plenty of situations, businesses begin stock piling monitors, keyboards, old telephones in a spare room that quickly turns into a storage area. In most cases, these devices are never put into use again, but are stored for circumstances where “you might need to access that file.” Sure, it’s an easy way to justify keeping your old computer, but more than likely it comes down to not knowing what to do with the parts.

Identity theft is an increasing concern, and therefore there is often resistance when it comes to letting go of these items, should anyone discover a way to tap into confidential information. One hard drive alone contains thousands of files; deleting a specific file from your computer does not rid of the content all together. These “deleted” files actually stay on the drive, along with any other online activity such as email communication. One may think overwriting or reformatting is enough to erase material, but even this may not prevent confidential data from being obtained by the wrong person. The only safe and secure option that eliminates the risk of identity theft is hard drive and media destruction. If these devices are put into the trash without being properly destroyed, this could potentially leak sensitive information, putting your company in a liable position.

Unfortunately these misconceptions alone, are often enough to deter one from disposing of their electronic material. As a general rule, roughly 90% of electronic components are in fact reusable and recyclable. The key aspect to keep in mind however, is removing all hard drives for the purpose of destruction, prior to recycling. So why is it important for your company to incorporate these recycling practices?

It Protects the Environment
For starters, it’s the right thing to do for our environment. When these devices are not disposed of correctly, there are toxins leaked into our soil and ground water. This contamination also infects our air quality, which ultimately affects human health conditions. When you take action to prevent this from happening, your business is reducing its carbon footprint and contributing to positive change.

It Boosts Your Company Image
Green companies are companies that are well respected in the community. Incorporating an electronic waste program into your place of work, promotes excellent association for your brand, and is clear evidence you are a company who cares about the state of our environment. Furthermore, considering community involvement in your program can be utilized as an excellent marketing tool. Its great exposure for your company and your green efforts may very well attract new clients for you that are also environmentally conscious.

It’s Convenient
Most standard recycling and shredding companies will also accept electronic material with collection, at no extra fee. Why not free up space in your office? This is a quick and easy solution for a more organized and clean working environment. That closet that once had stacks of keyboards and monitors can now be used for essential office supplies.

Recycling electronics is easy, and it genuinely goes a long way. If each company takes the initiative to dispose of their gadgets responsibly, together we can make a significant impact on our environment, setting a great example for generations to come.

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There’s lots of different ways to become environmentally friendly in the office, such as turning off lights in rooms when not in use, increasing the air conditioner temperature by a degree or two, and having multi-stream recycling stations in lunch rooms. For us, dealing with paper is our business but we’ve turned that into an environmental positive by ensuring that 100% of the paper we collect and shred is recycled. Each year we shred roughly 134 million pounds of paper; that can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill and 7,000 gallons of water.

Last year alone our customers helped us save:

  • 201,347 cubic yards of landfill
  • 1,140,969 trees
  • 469,810,796 gallons of water
  • 25,504,014 gallons of oil
  • 268,463,312 kwh of energy
  • 1,812,127 pounds of air pollutants

That’s a lot of trees our customers saved last year without even thinking about it! We love to hear about innovative ways that businesses are integrating green initiatives into the office so if you have an idea or something you’ve done in your office tell us about it! Every couple of weeks we’ll put a spotlight on simple and easy things that anybody can implement in their office in an effort to help make doing business a greener initiative.

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If you’ve found your way here, you know by now that we offer a variety of services related to document shredding, product destruction, media destruction, waste paper recycling, and e-waste services but what does that all really mean for you and your business at the end of the day?

Each of our services provide value to your business. The most obvious one you think of when it comes to shredding paper is the confidentiality of information and compliance with state and federal legislation. However, have you ever thought what it would mean to your business if confidentiality and compliance didn’t matter? Where would all that paper go? Recycling bins, the office garbage, stuffed in drawers and filing cabinets; it could get messy pretty quickly. We help you implement a plan to ensure that the paper in your office is not only securely and confidentially destroyed but that all of it ends up being recycled. This adds an environmental effort that your business can promote as one of its green initiatives.

When you think of e-waste does it make you think of the old electronics you’ve hidden away in a storage closet at home or at the office? If you were to get rid of those old electronics, your first thought might be to just throw it in the dumpster, ultimately ending up in the city landfill. Despite the fact these electronics may no longer work they still have valuable materials inside of them that can be recycled. So once again the added value in this is that it’s helping to divert electronic waste from landfills but also freeing up valuable space in your office environment.

The other element to consider is time. Do you have the time to stand there and manually shred all of your company documents or go through and pull out the recyclable elements of that old computer? Probably not. Our one-stop solution frees up your time to do the important things for your business. And odds are if you are running a business whether its service based or product based, you’re in the same business as us; offering a solution to provide someone more time to work on the things that are important to them. For us shredding and recycling are important, so let us focus on that while you focus on your business.

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