Invest in a Shredder for Home
With identity theft on the rise, one easy way to protect yourself is to purchase a paper shredder for your home. You can get a high-quality cross-cut shredder for about $50. Instead of just throwing away old receipts, preapproval offers that come in the mail and other items that have your personal or financial information on them, send them through the shredder before trashing them.
Police report that “dumpster diving” has become commonplace, as thieves search for trash that has readable account numbers they can use fraudulently. They also report that 30 percent of trash has readable account numbers.