GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)--Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Thieves are trying to get your information online, over the phone and even from your trash. In this edition of 11 cares for business Aaron Luna tells us how one Grand Junction company is working to make sure your paper trail doesn't lead to a stolen identity.
Leaving American National Bank in downtown Grand Junction, Scott Fasken makes a withdrawal under lock and key. Bank Executive Vice President Lon Carpenter says, "The volume of documents that we have it's not cost effective for us to do it ourselves." With identity theft on the rise this paperwork from the bank might not be currency but to a thief the information on it can be worth its weight in gold. Carpenter says, "Securing the information to us is top priority."
Almost eight years ago Fasken got the idea for document disposal while sitting on the couch. Fasken says, "Well I seen it on TV, a document shredding truck at Enron." When he started Colorado Document Security, he says, he was the only business on the Western Slope to do on site shredding. Now he operates three machines and shreds in Colorado and surrounding states. The key says Fasken is destroying information at its location instead of transporting it for disposal. Fasken points out a document truck that dropped its papers in Utah, "Zion's National Bank in Salt Lake had their records strewn all over the street."
A monitor on the side of the truck shows exactly what happens to the paper. Carpenter says, "They shred it to a degree that can be recycled which is very important to us too."
And with updated laws aimed at businesses keeping consumer information private Fasken says more small companies are now shredding on site. "Compliance is driving quite a lot of the increased demand for our businesses," he says. Demand that's keeping these trucks on the road and thieves out of your trash.
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