Why should you shred?
Shredding is the best way to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud.
Reported cases of identify theft
1.4 million
Estimated percentage of thieves caught
Economic impact
$16.9 billion
Can someone legally dig through your trash looking for tasty credit card reciepts, account numbers, or your social security number? The U.S. Supreme Court implies that the answer is yes. In the decision California vs. Greenwood, they stated that the “expectation of privacy in trash left for collection in an area accessible to the public… is unreasonable.”
In other words, when you throw something in the trash, it is available to anyone willing to overlook the disgusting smells and textures of your trash can or dumpster.

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Did you know one of the most common ways criminals obtain someones personal information is going through or searching through their garbage. They attempt to gather as much information about an individual as possible to create a profile. This profile can be used to open bank accounts, credits cards, and more.

Sgt. Darryl Ostapyk
Winnipeg Police Service

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