National Fraud Prevention Month
October 27, 2014
With the darker months bringing an increased risk of home burglaries, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that your home safety is at its highest. This doesn’t mean just securing your home from the outside, but also securing the personal and confidential documents inside your home.
National Fraud Prevention Month and National Home Security Month both run through the month of October to raise awareness and provide tips to prevent home and identity theft.
With a recent poll revealing that the average Brit has more than 50 confidential documents at home that aren’t under lock and key it’s no wonder that identity fraud is one of the UK’s fastest growing crimes. It’s now not enough to make sure your house is alarmed and doors and windows are secured – home security needs to go much further than that.
Using a cross cut shredder to dispose of confidential and personal information will significantly reduce the risk of identity fraud. It only takes three pieces of information for someone to obtain your identity and 20% of people have admitted that they simply tear up and throw away these documents. For an identity thief, raiding bins and reassembling documentation is one of the easiest ways to get their hands on your personal details from which they can then access your banks, take out loans and buy items fraudulently in your name.
New research shows that 24% of UK citizens have been a victim of identity fraud. Thhis highlights the extreme need to start tackling identity fraud at its root – in the home. A third of people only use an average shredder to dispose of their confidential documents and although this is better than tearing them up, it still leaves the risk that an identity thief could re-piece the information together. The only way to be sure that your documents are safely disposed of is to use a top end shredder that shreds important or personal documents into thousands of pieces.
Your home is where you should feel completely safe, and so taking all the precautions against theft is vital.