Questions to Ask a Shredding Services Company
No two shredding companies are equal. That’s why it’s important to conduct due diligence when selecting a shredding services vendor. In this blog, we offer several questions you can ask to help you choose the right shredding company for your business.
1. Are you locally owned?
Locally-owned shredding services companies have a vested interest in protecting their customers’ information. They lead with customer-centric values. Plus, locally-owned shredding and destruction companies are more likely to be involved in the community, supporting neighborhood charities, causes and events. If you value strong community partnerships, choose a local shredding and destruction company.
2. Do you shred my paper at my business?
Not every shredding services company offers on-site shredding. Many shredding companies transport their customers’ documents offsite for destruction. Anything can happen to your information on the way to the shredding facility. If the driver forgets to lock the vehicle’s storage compartment, your documents can spill out onto the highway. And at the shredding plant, anyone can see your documents.
On-site shredding eliminates unauthorized access to your private information. Your shredding provider destroys your documents on your premises while you watch. Mobile shredding vehicles use video verification systems that prevent privacy breach risks and document your company’s compliance with state and federal privacy laws.
3. Are you NAID AAA Certified?
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the international, non-profit trade association for companies providing information destruction services. To earn NAID AAA Certification, a shredding and destruction company must meet strict security standards and carry a minimum of $2,000,000 in general liability insurance (umbrella or aggregate). They must also pass ongoing audits by third-party security professionals. Only when a shredding services company meets these standards does it receive AAA Certification. Partnering with a NAID AAA Certified provider ensures you receive a secure and ethical data destruction solution.
4. Can you help me comply with state and federal privacy regulations?
Non-compliance with state
and federal privacy laws can have serious financial and legal consequences for your business. Not every shredding and destruction company adheres to a strict chain of custody when handling your information or offers compliance support services that supplement your information destruction practices. Partner with a shredding services provider who does.
5. What happens to my shredded paper?
If you’re concerned for our planet’s health, you want a shredding services company with sustainable, eco-friendly business practices. Partner with a shredding company who recycles 100 percent of its shredded paper.
6. Do you provide customer references?
Always ask a prospective shredding and destruction company for references. Strong client testimonials point to exceptional service. A prospective vendor’s refusal to give references should serve as a warning sign.
Land Shark Shredding offers shredding services in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Orlando, FL.
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