Here is Why You NEVER Want to Trust Your Data Security to an Outside Company

May 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm by SEM

Don’t be the next “identity theft” victim! Unfortunately, these types of crimes are far too common and seem to be accelerating at an alarming rate all over the country. Instituting an in-house, complete control document control program to shred sensitive documents, optical, magnetic, or solid state media is the most effective way to ensure your company and customers’ information is secure and can’t be exploited like the victims in the story below.

Document Shredding Company Employee Eyed in ID Theft Ring

Posted: NBCDFW Special Report by Scott Gordon / Friday, Mar 28, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A former Fort Worth employee of a document shredding company who was accused of sharing bank records with thieves has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Patrick Doucet, 44, drove a truck for Cintas Document Management, an Ohio company that shreds documents for businesses, including banks and insurance companies.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to fraudulent possession of identification, a second-degree felony.

He faces up to a $10,000 fine and 20 years in prison. His sentencing is set for May 8. Police searched his home in North Fort Worth last year. According to the search warrant, the investigation started in Georgia when a woman was arrested and accused of writing fake checks in the name of a Bedford woman.

Investigators said the suspect implicated Doucet. It was unclear how the two knew each other.

Police said Doucet did not shred documents that were supposed to be destroyed and shared them with the Georgia woman and others.

Click link to see the NBC DFW Chanel 5 story.

Control your own information security

With over 50 years in the information protection business, and recognized as the world leader in document and sensitive waste destruction solutions, Security Engineered Machinery (SEM) has the solution you need to protect your company and customers’ information. From paper to hard drives to optical media to data tapes to solid state devices to cell phones and tablets, SEM offers an in-house solution to meet your end-of-life media destruction need, and most are available as green recycling solutions.


In the end, an in-house solution not only provides a controlled environment, it will probably save you a ton of money. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure or, better yet, to quote the Midas Muffler Man, ”You can pay me now or pay me a whole lot more later.” Don’t put your company’s security in the hands of a third party — let SEM design a solution to meet your information security needs.

Whether you’re involved in national security or corporate security, you’ll find everything you need to prevent data from getting into the wrong hands right here on this website. And if you don’t, feel free to pick up the phone and call us. We are always happy to help!