What to Shred

All businesses produce sensitive information that would be of interest to others.

What constitutes confidential information that thieves might want from you?

  • Account Records
  • Bids and Proposals
  • Blank Checks
  • Blueprints and Engineering Drawings
  • Budget Data
  • Cancelled Checks
  • Competitive Information
  • Computer Printouts
  • Contracts
  • Copies of Checks
  • Correspondence and Memos
  • Credit Card Receipts
  • Credit Information
  • Customer Lists
  • Employment Applications
  • Expense Reports
  • Expired Coupons
  • Extra Photocopies
  • Financial Records
  • Insurance Information
  • Inventory Reports
  • Invoices
  • Legal Documents
  • Loan Applications
  • Loan Documents
  • Marketing (Strategic) Plans
  • Medical Records and Charts
  • Misprints
  • Outdated Business Records
  • Passwords/PIN #’s
  • Payroll Records
  • Personnel Files
  • Prescriptions
  • Price Lists
  • Production Reports
  • Purchase Orders
  • R & D Information
  • Sales Lists and Statistics
  • Social Security #’s
  • Tax Records
  • Deposit Slips
  • Meeting Minutes

Documents should not be saved beyond their legal retention period.

Most documents have legal retention periods ranging from one to seven years (retention periods will vary depending upon the type of document). View Records Retention Schedule. Shredding documents after the expiration of their retention period will save your company valuable space and storage charges. It will also guarantee that sensitive information contained in those documents will not be exposed to unauthorized individuals.

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