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ISU Northwest Insurance Services Blog: safety

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In a first-of-its-kind analysis of vehicle thefts released today, the National Insurance Crime Bureau(NICB) found a disturbing trend — an increasing number of thefts of vehicles with the keys left inside. For the years 2012 through 2014, at total of 126,603 vehicles were reported stolen with the keys left in the vehicle. READ MORE >>

So, your honey popped the big question on Valentine’s Day. You couldn’t be more thrilled and the ring is to die for! But, what if it’s lost or stolen? While there is no way to insure the sentimental value of such a gift, having the right insurance coverage will provide financial protection, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I. READ MORE >>

A survey from Insurance.com finds 75 percent of drivers view texting while driving to be as dangerous as drunken driving. The insurance quotes-comparison website asked 1,000 married adult drivers which of four traffic violations most closely approximates the risk from a texting driver: READ MORE >>

Continuing from last week's post, read more to see how you can be prepared for any scenario. Tools and Materials for Emergency Repairs: You don't need to be ready for a full scale remodeling project but you do need some basics. What if a tree branch falls and breaks a window? READ MORE >>

You likely have all sorts of things in your home right now that would serve you well in an emergency, with a few additions and some organization, you'll have a functional kit and contingency plan. Creating a home emergency kit can be a simple to enormous undertaking depending on the level of energy and preparation you want to invest into it. READ MORE >>

Candles, lights and decorations are an essential part of the holiday season. Unfortunately, they also increase the risk of fire and injury. Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure nearly 3,000 individuals and cause over $900 million in damage.* READ MORE >>

With plenty of snow and cold temperatures predicted for the northern United States this winter, it is important to prepare your home and review your insurance coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).  READ MORE >>

The holidays are always a good time to take an inventory of everything you own in the event disaster strikes. The importance of creating and keeping a home inventory has become more evident than ever, says the Insurance Information Institute.  At this time of year, many homes fill up with new, often expensive, holiday gifts. READ MORE >>

One quarter of all home burglaries occur during the winter months, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). That's when many homeowners are out-of-town for the holidays. Crooks will steal electronics and jewelry, even the presents under your tree! The Insurance Information Institute (I. READ MORE >>

Soon, ghouls, goblins and The Little Mermaid will be at your front door. Are you prepared? We aren’t talking candy-bought, decorations-up prepared. We mean, what happens if Glenda the Good Witch breaks her arm or your house is egged? Are you covered for that? Or will a night of tricks and treats become an expensive horror? READ MORE >>

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