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The Importance of Paper Shredders

Identity theft is now a cost the South African economy R1 billion every year, with this figure increasing each year. One of the most important safeguards an individual or business owner can get against identity theft is a top of the range paper shredder. It is not enough to just tear up important bills and throw them in the trash anymore, as there are many people who make a living going through bins to find bank account numbers, credit cards numbers and other vital personal important.   

The only sure way to protect yourself from a criminal stealing your information and ruining your credit rating is to purchase a high-quality shredder machine, that has the ability to keep all of your personal data private. The cost of a paper shredder is very low when compared to the feeling of security knowing that all your information is safe and secure.

shredding machines are an extremely simple and quick way to destroy sensitive information, with it only taking a few minutes to shred dozens of highly sensitive documents. Business owners will be able to safely dispose of client information that may be commercially sensitive and if it was released could cause damage to your reputation.

Individuals will also see great benefits from buying a quality paper shredder as they can shred a range of household bills, from electricity to credit cards bills. There is no better way to ensure that your financial details are protected than a top paper shredder.

It can cost a very large amount of both time and money to get your identity back after it has been stolen, with the experience being very stressful for anybody. It can even take a long time for a victim of identity theft to know they have been targeted. An investment in a paper shredder will be very worthwhile to those who want to defend themselves against thefts and criminals.

How to Choose a Shredder

Where will the shredder be used? To select the right shredder model option according to run time, where the shredder will be used and the security level. Consider the following when choosing the most suitable shredder for your requirements.


Designed for multiple users and shared workspaces, such as printing/copy areas and open plan offices.
Number of Users 5 or more
Run Time 60 mins - Continuous Usage Heavy


Designed for 1-3 or 3-5 users at the deskside or in the small office.
Number of Users 1-3 or 3-5
Run Time Up to 45 minutes Usage Medium / Heavy


Designed for 1-3 or 3-5 users at the desk side or in the small office.
Number of Users 1 Run Time Up to 8 minutes Usage Light / Moderate
What level of security is required?

A strip cut shredder is ok, but it is recommended to shred with at least a cross cut shredder (DIN P-3 or P-4), which will shred each A4 sheet of paper up to 410 pieces. The images give examples of the levels of protection available, from the most basic strip-cut to the dust-like particles of the micro-cut shredders. DIN levels P-3 - P-5 should be suitable for the majority of users.

The importance of run times...

Runtime definition: The period of time for which the shredder will operate without finishing before a cool-down period activates during which the shredder cannot be used. A shredder’s run time is a feature which can be easily overlooked. Typically run times range from just a couple of minutes on entry-level, occasional use shredders in home environments to continuous duty for large office shredders which mean the shredder is always ready for use.