Is It Safe to Throw Away Receipts?

Posted on: March 20, 2017

Any resident of the DC metro area can say they’ve dealt with the massive pile of jumbled mess that is kept receipts. We get receipts for everything, from important medical visits to grabbing a pack of gum at the local convenience store.

And most folks, in the name of security, will tell you that every last one you get should be shredded. But do you really need to go through all that trouble for every measly bit of inked thermal paper? The experts at TrueShred weigh in to help you find out!

Whether you’re a home or business owner, when you need safe, secure, and totally confidential document shredding services in MD, NoVa, or DC, contact TrueShred!

What Gets the Shredder?

As a general rule, the more personal the document or paper gets, the higher it goes on the shredding priority. With receipts this can be a bit of a mess, since they typically have approximately a bajillion random number or figures on them, and sometimes a receipt can look outright incomprehensible.

When deciding whether or not to shred, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is my signature featured anywhere on the receipt?
  • Does the receipt contain any numbers of my bank account?
  • Does the receipt carry vital information regarding any personal accounts?
  • Is my Social Security Number on the paper?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, the receipt should be shredded without question. Perpetrators of identity theft, hacking, and other common personal information crimes can make use of any of these, and yes we mean even if these bits of information were present but marked out. That mark can be removed or seen through with the right tools!

Is Anything Safe to Toss?

This question is a delicate one, because you never really know just how ingenuitive someone can be with your information, or if you may miss something critical. However, simple recipes that feature a printed name or address are typically unimportant; this information is already readily available to anyone, since it’s public record.

However, we’d hesitate to really say any tossing is totally safe. Honestly, shredding is really your best bet the majority of the time. But, if you simply can’t be bothered, these types are typically safe enough to toss.

Should I Use Professional Shredding Services?

Of course we would say yes, wouldn’t we? It’s our business! But in all seriousness, if you intend to shred on your own, be sure to do it right. Most commercial shredding tools are very limited, and do little more than make strips of papers, which isn’t really getting the job done well enough. We would strongly recommend taking advantage of a professional shredding service.

Experts like the team at TrueShred have the tools to make sure the job is done right, done safely, and done totally confidentially. And all of our shredded paper is recycled, so that’s just another part of the decision to professionally shred that you can feel good about!

Contact TrueShred online or call us at 888-322-3218 for an estimate on shredding services in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

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