Several weeks ago I bought a tiny hand shredder and realised how many addressed envelopes, mail I was just throwing in the bin, so when a larger, electrical shredder came into the op shop I manage, I decided to buy it.
Since then I am regularly shredding things with my personal details on it -I would not have thought of it had I not seen the first small shredder, as I always just put everything in the rubbish bin.
We are definitely Shreddy Freddies in this house. I remember as a small child seeing my mother tear things into tiny shreds if there were names and any other info in view. It is quite funny really when you think about how much of our info must be "out there" in cyberspace . . . electoral, banking, phone and electricity etc. I think shredding makes us feel that we have some degree of control.
We'd an incinerator for many years', & I had 'fun' put aerosol cans into it! They used to make a spurting sound, as any liquid remains were heating up, then loud B A N G!
When cleaning out the ashes, which then went onto garden, I saw the cans had a jagged hole in them. That's why I stood many metres' away!
We rip them up and put them in the recycle bin. We don't own a shredder. My dad is a bit paranoid about identity theft. He puts black ink over his name and address before disposing of papers. It hasn't happened to him yet, at his age. Gotta love him for being so careful. He used to be in the legal profession and identity theft was around even then, pre computers when he was working.
I used to cut everything within sight into tiny pieces until shredders became available. At first I used the one at work then bought myself a diamond cut shredder so nothing can be put together. It also shreds credit cards. I have a box I put all shredding material into then spend time when I get around to it doing it all at once. Even cardboard prescription boxes are shredded.