Security shredding is not a new concept, but one that has stood the test of time! The first paper shredder is credited to prolific inventor Abbot Augustus Low from New York – his patent for a “waste paper receptacle” to offer an improved method of disposing of waste paper was filed on February 2, 1909, and received the U.S. patent number 929-960 on August 3, 1909. Low’s invention was however, never manufactured. Adolf Ehinger’s paper shredder, based on a hand-crank pasta maker, was manufactured in 1935 in Germany. Ehinger later marketed his shredders to government agencies and financial institutions converting from hand-crank to electric motor. Ehinger’s company, EBA Maschinenfabrik, manufactured the first cross-cut paper shredders in 1959 and continues to do so to this day as EBA Krug & Priester GmbH & Co. in Balingen
The U.S. embassy in Iran used strip-cut paper shredders to reduce paper pages to strips before the embassy was taken over in 1979. After Colonel Oliver North told Congress that he used a Schleicher Intimus 007 S cross-cut model to shred Iran-Contra documents, sales for that company increased nearly 20 percent in 1987!
The US Federal Trade Commission estimates that 9 million cases of identity theft take place per year in the USA alone and recommends that individuals or companies defend themselves against identity theft by shredding financial documents before disposal.
Given the longevity of security shredding and its popularity today for discharging your legal duties pertaining to the Data Protection Act, Highlander Security Shredding are an independent, professional and safe option for your company’s confidential papers and documents! As well as looking after your legal responsibilities, Highlander’s service compared to an in-house system is safer, tidier, more efficient and more cost effective and remember, our shredding process is “More destructive than a Great White!”