Choosing Between an On-Site or Off-Site Shredding Service

In the past, using office shredders to shred outdated paper records was acceptable. Now, most organizations understand the risk of using them as a document destruction solution. In earlier blogs, we’ve even discussed the ways office shredders increase your company’s identity theft exposure.

Today, more companies understand that hiring a document destruction partner saves time and money and reduces privacy breach risks. But how do you decide whether to choose a provider that offers on-site shredding or off-site shredding? In this blog, we compare both services so you can make the right choice for your business.

Off-Site Shredding

Off-site shredding services collect documents from your business and take them to a facility for destruction. The problem is, anything can happen to your confidential paper documents on the way to the shredding plant. The driver can forget to lock the back door to the truck, spilling your paper records onto the highway. Your files change hands multiple times before they’re destroyed, increasing the risk of a privacy breach.

Some companies forgo destruction altogether. Instead, they ship your un-shredded documents overseas for recycling. Off-site shredding vendors try to downplay these risks by touting their high insurance coverage plans. But no amount of money can redeem the loss associated with the bad publicity that follows leaked and compromised personal information.

On-Site Shredding

On-site shredding is a premium service where a specialized mobile paper shredding truck comes to your business. Background-screened professionals collect your documents and immediately take them to a mobile destruction truck for shredding. Destruction takes place in a matter of minutes while you watch.

On-site shredding offers several advantages over off-site shredding:

  1. Your confidential information never leaves your sight. A secure chain of custody begins at your locked security consoles where you discard your sensitive documents without having to worry about them being compromised. A trained shredding technician empties the contents of each console and brings it to the mobile shredding truck for immediate destruction. Your documents don’t leave your parking lot until they’re destroyed and you’re issued a Certificate of Destruction.
  2. When you choose on-site mobile shredding, only one person handles your documents during the destruction process, lowering the risk of a privacy breach.
  3. With on-site shredding, you’re never left wondering whether your documents are destroyed, because you personally witness the shredding process.

On-site shredding offers your business added layers of privacy protection, regulatory compliance, and peace of mind. So, when outsourcing destruction of your paper records, on-site shredding is clearly the best choice.

Land Shark Shredding offers NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction services in Bowling Green and throughout southwest Kentucky. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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