Shredding at the Source vs "the truck"

If you are using a shredding service, you’re putting your company’s security in the hands of strangers.

 When it comes to protecting your company, customers, and employees, shredding sensitive data prior to disposal is imperative. But shredding your data before it leaves the building is the only way to be absolutely sure it was destroyed prior to someone else seeing your sensitive information.

When you hand over documents to a shredding service, you relinquish control of your security program. A complete stranger is now in possession of your sensitive materials. You don’t know their background or work history. Would you feel comfortable handing that same person a box containing your personal bank and credit card statements and then watching them walk out the door with them? If the answer is no, you should consider eliminating the middle man and shredding “at the source” with a Destroyit business shredder.

The main motivator of a shredding service is not your security – it’s their profit

Shredding services deal in bulk – the faster they work, the more clients they can service. In addition, using low-cost labor means a higher profit margin. This combination of speed and cut-rate labor means a high probability for mistakes, which you can’t afford them to make. All it takes is a box of documents or a container bag left in the parking lot to put your company in a world of trouble.

“On-site” is still off-site

Today, many services offer on-site shredding. This is a reassuring term, but consider that even if they shred the material in your parking lot:

  • it still leaves the building in the hands of strangers
  • documents may be piled up in the parking lot awaiting their turn to be shredded (where they may be stolen, left behind, or even blown away)
  • someone has to take time off work to watch the process if you want to be absolutely certain your documennts were shredded

Consider the cost

Outsourcing shredding is a constant expense which will never decrease. Inevitable economic factors willl take their toll on the shredding service, and these costs will get passed on to you. They include:

  • skyrocketing gas prices (fuel surcharges)
  • truck and equipment maintenance
  • higher labor costs
  • increases in insurance premiums
  • inflation

In many cases, a company can purchase a Destroyit business shredder [or shredders] capable of handling all their document disposal needs for less than the cost of using a service for a single year. With over forty models to choose from in six security levels, there’s a Destroyit shredder to fit every application and budget.

You can’t delegate document security

A common misconception about shredding services is that once they take possession of your data, the responsibility for safeguarding it passes to them. The truth is, all businesses required to maintain confidentiality of records cannot transfer the responsibility of properly disposing them to an outside contractor. The legal responsibility for the security of the information remains with the business. A certificate of destruction is not a legal document that will absolve the business from responsibility / liability in a court of law.

Destroyit means business

Destroyit business shredders are specially designed to stand up to the rigors of today’s office environment. Unlike cheaper “office superstore” brands, they can withstand years of heavy use with no drop-off in performance. The cutting shafts are constructed entirely of high-grade, hardened steel and are backed by a lifetime warranty. Destroyit Centralized Office models are so efficient, that in about the time it takes to feed documents into the slot on a collection container, you could have shredded them! Just as important, every model comes equipped with industry-leading SPS safety features – a Destroyit exclusive. Don’t let “the truck” take your company for a ride.

When you use a shredding service….. 

  • a stranger is handling your confidential data
  • your documents leave the building intact
  • sensitive material can easily be lost or misplaced during transport
  • documents have the potential to be stolen by individuals who would not otherwise have access to them
  • there’s no way to know for certain that your material is being properly destroyed without someone taking time off work to watch the process
  • if storage containers become full, sensitive material may end up bein stacked beside them until the next pick up
  • destruction of your documents may experience unexpected delays due to bad weather, traffic, or vehicle maintenance problems – all situations out of your control
  • your company is saddled with a never-ending expense, and the always increasing cost of fuel will be passed on to you

When you shred “at the source” with Destroyit business shredders… 

  • from your hands, documents go into the shredder and you see them being destroyed
  • no one outside of your company will ever handle your confidential material
  • offices stay neater – no boxes or piles of paper stacked next to full storage containers
  • no outside vendors or contracts to deal with
  • a one-time economical cost
  • you’ve protected your customers, your employees, and your company



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