Hiring a Professional Document Destruction Company? Here’s What You Need to Consider

Regular document and media destruction is a valuable asset to protecting your company’s brand, reputation, and identity, but not all shredding companies are equal in service and performance. If you’re in the market for a professional shredding company, there are some considerations to take into account.

How secure are my documents prior to shredding? Are my documents safe?
If you’re leaving documents for other employees to shred, you’re taking a big risk in compromising sensitive information. When you work with a professional company like Legal Shred, we provide locked boxes and other containers that will keep any and all documents and media safely stored until it is time to destroy. What’s more, Legal Shred provides secure shredding so your documents are unable to be viewed during the process. If the company you are working with has not provided adequate measures to ensure your privacy throughout all phases of service, it’s time to consider hiring someone else.

How are my documents destroyed?
Secured containers are loaded into our mobile shredding truck where they are unlocked and the paper will be deposited via a lift into the shredding compartment of the truck. Legal Shred staff do not touch your documents, and the shredding trucks are equipped with video cameras to ensure that the paper is being shredded. The documents are then shredded, which are then hauled away for recycling. You will receive a certificate of destruction upon completion of services.

What certifications should a professional document destruction company have?
As stated above, not all document destruction companies are created equal. Professional shredders should be certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), as this is the highest certification in the industry. This ensures that those who are shredding your documents follow all the required government regulations when doing so. Legal Shred has had to meet a list of criteria before earning this certification, including, but not limited to: ensuring our staff have had thorough background investigations prior to hiring and our equipment meets all manufacturer specifications. Our policies and procedures are all updated.

What’s more, Legal Shred’s own Jason Fredricks has obtained the title of Certified Secure Destruction Specialist, an achievement very few have acquired in this industry. The CSDS Certification consists of over 200 questions in 7 areas of interest and is so extensive that only 75 percent of security professionals who take the exam earn CSDS certification.
Can you also destroy data?
Not all document destruction services also offer media destruction, so it’s a wise business choice that you choose a company that can handle all of your needs for a one-stop solution. Legal Shred also offers the destruction of all media, including disks, hard drives, and more.

Do you offer routine services?
This is an important question to ask if you generate a large number of paper documents and regularly need to have them destroyed. Legal Shred offers routine services that fit your needs at competitive prices to fit your budget. Consider monthly or even quarterly services to ensure you’re not overwhelmed with unnecessary clutter.

Here at Legal Shred, we provide document shredding services to a number of counties in Florida. Contact us today to find out more.

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