Home Theft

    Your home is your castle, but since most houses don’t come with moats or knights, you need to do whatever you can to protect it from unauthorized visitors.

    Our GET HELP and GET PREPARED sections tell you what to do to keep your home protected and how to handle it should a break-in occur.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!

  • Buying a Home Security System

    If you are in the market for a home security system, here are some starter questions: What is included in a basic security system? Most basic security systems include exterior door sensors, window sensors and an alarm control panel with a touchpad. If you’re worried about break-ins, this might be sufficient for your needs. At […]

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  • Home Break-In – What To Do

    WHN TIP – Advice from Experts: Listen to this podcast for tips on how to describe a suspect. If You Suspect a Burglar Be safe, be smart. Do NOT go into your home. Go to a neighbor’s house to call the police. Call the police. Be ready to provide the following information: Your name Address […]

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  • Tips for Preventing Home Theft

    Practice Intruder Smarts Teach your family about home security. Explain your security precautions and emphasize the role they play in keeping your home secure. Ask them to remember always to lock the door and keep a careful watch on their keys. Show them where the keys to internal locks are located in case they have […]

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  • Keeping Your Home Safe While You Travel

    Here are some smart “insider tips” from industry professionals and everyday travelers we interviewed that cover the preparation of your home while you are on vacation. The House: Main Rooms Have a friend, family member or trusted neighbor check on your house. Give the person your house keys and security codes (if necessary). WHN TIP […]

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  • 6 Key Insurance Terms for Determining Value

    Knowing these terms helps to understand the process insurance agencies and relief organizations use to determine the value of your loss. Your tax accountant can also help you when claiming your losses. Valuation of Goods It is very difficult to measure your personal loss of goods. This is because many items have a sentimental value to […]

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  • 4 Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim

    A few tips on how to file a claim after a natural disaster, fire or theft. Tip 1: Read Your Insurance Policy If you don’t have it, ask your insurance agent to send or bring a copy for you. Check your policy for specifics and document every action you take. WHN TIP –  Two Lists/Two Folders: Start […]

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  • Insurance Riders: 3 Reasons You May Need Them

    By Stephen Hadhazi, our guest insurance blogger, public insurance adjuster, and publisher of DocuDamage.com You pay your homeowners premiums on time so you feel reasonably comfortable that you are well covered should disaster ever strike, right? Wrong. Even if you think you have adequate coverage, you could be drastically underinsured. The typical homeowner’s insurance policy includes the basics […]

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  • Top 14 Homeowners Insurance Myths

    By William S. Coffman, Jr., WHN’s Guest Columnist, public adjuster and the president of Strategic Adjustment Services, Inc., based in Miami Beach, Florida. Homeowner’s insurance can be a bit complicated. Here are some common myths about insurance and insights into the realities of insurance and the claims process: My insurance company insures my home. Reality: […]

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  • 5 ATM Safety Tips

    By Phil Rock, founder/CEO of Minneapolis, Minnesota-based ATM Network, one of the most innovative and fastest growing independent ATM companies in North America. Using an automatic teller machine (ATM) revolutionized how we access money. According to the American Bankers Association, more than 10.8 billion people access cash from AMTs every year. Since ATMs are easily accessible, many […]

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  • 2 Steps to Finding Your Cell Phone’s Serial Number

    Do you know your cell phone’s serial number? You should — if it’s stolen, you can provide the number to your service provider so the phone can be blocked. Then, even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless – no calls, no downloads. Here’s how to find your cell phone’s serial number: Type in […]

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