A survey in Great Britain revealed that “more than 19 million households throw away sensitive materials, either with the rubbish or the recycling, according to research,” as reported by Business Week.
75% of the people surveyed either have been victims of identity theft or know someone who has been.
The majority of identity theft is occuring in London, focused particularly on renters. This should not be surprising based on crime rates in cities vs. smaller towns. And it’s yet another reason why I think the Self-Service Shredder makes so much sense in every large apartment complex! Perhaps it should become a provided public utility along with the gas, water, and electricity.