Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the UK. In 2010 alone, there were a staggering 89,000 reported cases, with men in their 30s and 40s making up the largest percentage of victims. Clearly, there is a huge problem with sensitive data getting in to the wrong hands.
This is something which is set to be an ongoing problem but businesses can do their part to combat this distressing crime by ensuring that they use secure document shredding when disposing of any sensitive client information they may hold.
In order to combat identity theft, householders are told to shred all confidential documents which give away personal details but, even if they do so meticulously, there is still a risk of fraudsters finding their information elsewhere.
Most people in the UK hand out sensitive information to a range of companies, from banks and building societies to charities and the government, and this presents a real risk to them, if these organisations do not dispose of their data correctly.
By carefully shredding all sensitive documents, companies can make a big difference in the fight against identity crime, but many are simply not careful enough.
Businesses who are worried about their ability to securely dispose of documents could, therefore, benefit from the services of a professional document shredding company, who will take care of all their shredding needs for them, ensuring that every single piece of data is carefully disposed of every time.