Identity theft is a serious problem. In fact, it continues to be one of the top consumer complaints in the U.S. There are many ways an identity thief can get a hold of your information, and one of the most opportune times to do so is during your move.
Hiring professional local movers can help, but only so much. Here are a few additional steps you can take to prevent identity theft during your move.
How To Prevent Identity Theft
It’s only when you move that you realize how much stuff you have to pack. One of the best ways to reduce the number of boxes you’ll need is to get rid of unneeded items. Tossing old paperwork is an especially effective way to lighten your load, but make sure you dispose of those documents properly.
Any piece of paper with your name, address, or other personal information that you no longer need should be shredded. A few things that should be shredded include:
- Bank statements
- Old, canceled, or voided checks
- Pay stubs and employment records
- Medical and dental records
- Junk mail that contains your address
Update Your Address & Forward Your Mail
Make sure you forward your mail so the person moving into your old residence doesn’t have access to your mail. To further ensure that everything ends up in the right place, update your address with your bank, credit card company, insurance provider, and employer.
Keep Sensitive Documents With You
It’s easy for sensitive documents to get mixed up during a move. Keep them safe and organized by storing them in an accordion file and moving them separately.
If you really want to make sure your valuable items and information are in good hands, give our representatives at DeVries Moving & Storage Solutions a call today to learn how our moving experts can improve the security of your move with attentive hauling and responsible records management. You can also fill out our quick online form to begin planning your next move with DeVries.