shredders, do you shred everything before you put in the trash?

United States
April 25, 2007 9:02pm CST
Do you shred all your personal information so you dont have to worry about identity theft? Putting things in the trash may be a risk to our personal information. I bought a shreddder.
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• Ireland
26 Apr 07
When I lived out in the countryside, I was able to burn everything but after I moved into our small village, I couldn't light any more fires as it is against the law and the neighblurs might complain. Now I shred all my personal informtion even the envelopes which my post arrives in. After I am finished shredding, I divide the shreds up into two different bins so as to make it impossible for anybody to join any of them together again. Can't be too careful!
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
26 Apr 07
Oh yes I make it a force of habit now to shred all my personal documents like statements, bills and anything with my address on, you hear so many horror stories of your identity being stolen etc, I take no chances! I invested in a small but useful shredder and it's worth every penny, the stress and financial loss alone of your personal stuff getting into the wrong hands is enough!
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
A lot of our papies are shredded. We have a shredder & the kids love using it. It is a bit time consuming. My husband, who is a police officer, has to keep documents for 10 years. Recently he went through them & shredded all the old ones. One wouldn't this sort of info floating around the rubbish dumps. Shredded paper is quite good as mulch. My father takes his shredded paper to the pet shop, as they like to use it as bedding for cats & dogs.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I do shred alot of things. I started after watching a show about people going through trash and getting info. It was pretty gross and hard to believe people would do such a thing. You never know though.
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@aciddrop (798)
26 Apr 07
yes i do in case they got stolen.but i just do it by manual no machine:P
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@ctv101103 (860)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
yes i do, particulary those documents that have important information like taxpayer's id, social security number, bank account information, credit card information, etc. it's better to be safe than sorry. i wouldn't want to be a victim of identity theft.
• United States
26 Apr 07
I sure do. Anything with personal info, account numbers SS numbers etc. I was a victim and it took 4 years to get it all straightened out.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I usually shread most papers. However, there are good shredders and not so good. The cross cutting kind are the best to use. It is well worth the extra expense for this type. The cheaper models don't completely cut up the paper. You can actually go back and line up the lengths of shredded paper and still read them fairly well.
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