Crime Over The Holidays

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While you’re away from home, your house is more vulnerable than ever. While you are away, take precautionary steps to protect your property.

  1. Ensure your house is safe and sound if you’re away at Christmas by putting timers on lights and getting a family member or friend to come over to open and close curtains.
  2. Have a neighbor collect your mail when you’re away. Or, call the Post Office and have them stop your mail route while you are gone.
  3. Watch what you post on social media! Think before you speak. Potential burglars are like hawks on social media. They look through posts seeking out information on the types of gifts people have gotten, or when they plan to leave their homes for Christmas shopping or for vacation.
  4. Burglars are always on the lookout for such garbage items.  That’s why you need to be very careful about disposing the packaging.
  5. Those pretty lights which adorn the exterior of your home need to be plugged in, right? Correct! Just make sure that you don’t run their wires through a window or door leading inside. That little wedge that the wire will leave is all a burglar needs to pry their way in.
  6. If your house is well-lit, the chances of any ‘funny business’ taking place on your property are reduced. Make sure you have floodlights or motion activated lighting around the exterior of your home.
  7. Make sure your home is secure during the holiday season. Check your windows and doors to make sure all locks are intact. If you don’t have one already, invest in a home security system which will protect your home and your family.

Last but not least, Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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Keeping Kids & Parents Busy in November

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It’s November already! Thanksgiving is on the horizon and we’re about to go full-throttle into another holiday season. Plan your month around these fun things for families to do together in November. Your kids may still be trading their Halloween loot, but it’s time to focus on being Thankful. The true reason for the season.

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You’ve probably heard of the tradition of family members telling each other what they’re thankful for on Thanksgiving. Don’t limit the thank yous to once a year. Let everyone in your family tell each other what they’re thankful for every day.

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Laugh with your family every day. Tell a knock-knock joke. Start a tickle fight. Laugh for no reason. Research shows laughter really is the best medicine. Besides, who doesn’t want to hear those tiny baby belly laughs from their favorite people in the world?

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Enjoy the last days of fall. Get out and walk the family dog & enjoy the peacefulness of the leaves changing colors, falling effortlessly to the ground.

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If your kids love peanut butter, November may become their favorite month of the year. Get in the kitchen and make all things peanut butter. From peanut butter apple slices to a peanut butter banana smoothie to our favorites, no bake cookies.

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Be Proactive & Alert, Hurricane Flooded Vehicles Are On The Rise

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The Ohio Department of Insurance has released a statement warning Ohioans the danger of purchasing hurricane flood damaged vehicles. Please protect yourself, be proactive. Always ask for a vehicle report before purchase. There are many resources including Car Fax and Auto Check that will let you look up a vin# and see the vehicle history.

Contact your local, trusted mechanic. Be sure to have a professional mechanic inspection, before pulling the trigger on a new to you, vehicle.

Things to think about. Flooded vehicles often end up at car auctions.  Never purchase a vehicle that does NOT have a title. Always ask questions & shop carefully.

Click on the link above for direct phone #’s & contact information for additional questions and concerns.

 

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How Named Storms Affect Your Insurance Coverage

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Erie Insurance put together a story about how named storms can affect your insurance coverage. It’s been an active storm season so far. We all know about the damage & devastation of Hurricane Harvey & Irma, But there have been so many more hurricanes that have made landfall in 2017 alone: Jose & Katia to name a few.
We have included the link that Erie Insurance provided on why hurricanes are names, what they actually are and the drama around the named storms.

https://www.erieinsurance.com/blog/how-named-storms-affect-your-insurance-coverage-2?utm_source=thisweekaterie&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=twae092617_145424&utm_content=22958218&utm_term=_145424_145433

 

Mapfre Stadium Crew Game

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So, last week, Saturday evening to be exact, we as an agency had the opportunity to join Mapfre Insurance & watch a Columbus Crew game. We arrived a couple hours before the game to pass out freebies. Everybody loves a feebie. We had key chain flashlights, along with USB phone chargers. We were also doing a $200 gift card drawing at the half time, for some Columbus Crew swag. The $200 gift card was good for the gift shop.

It was a windy evening, with rain on and off, but with all the people there, we warmed up quickly & ran out of goodies just in time, to watch the game. Enjoy our photos.

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