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  • My Home Was Burgled: A Real-Life Story

    These days, identity theft and personal security expert Robert Siciliano (CEO of Boston-based is much in demand by companies such as KPMG Peat Marwick, Best Western and British Petroleum. But eight years ago, he was just one of many who found their home — and peace of mind — violated by an intruder. Here […]

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  • After A Theft: 5 Quick Tips From Police Officers

    Here are some tips for dealing with home and car theft, gathered from police officers across the country: Stolen Car? Talk Cracks and Dents When reporting a stolen car, be sure to mention your car’s unique characteristics – the location of dents, cracks, bumper stickers, detailing and so on. These details help your car stand […]

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  • After a Burglary: Questions the Police May Ask

    Your house has been broken into and you’ve called the police. Once they’ve arrived, be prepared to answer questions. These help the officers gather information about the event. WHN TIP – Make Some Notes: While you’re waiting, make some notes based on the following questions so you can give them as many details as possible. […]

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  • 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: If your home is broken into, the police will ask you questions to try to ascertain who might have done it. If you witnessed someone suspicious, this podcast has tips for describing a suspect. If You Suspect a Burglar Be safe, be smart. Do NOT go into your home. […]

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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 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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