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Loss Prevention Corner

"Loss Prevention Corner" is a compilation of hundreds of practical tips to help you reduce your chances of having a loss, or to minimize your damage if you do. The tips are divided into categories such as Fire, Water Damage, Burglary, Identity Theft, and many more!

Vacationing - Your Protection When Traveling

If you are taking expensive items with you, don't put them in your checked luggage on board a plane, ship, or train. Keep them with you.


Assemble a first-aid kit, and include items for sunburn, bug bites, motion sickness, and diarrhea.


If you are driving, have your car thoroughly serviced prior to your trip and check the condition of your spare tire.


Pack a roadside emergency kit containing a flashlight, flares, and jumper cables.


Lock expensive jewelry in the hotel or ship safe.


Avoid carrying large sums of cash with you.


Do not wear or carry valuables at the pool or on the beach.


Do not put your home address on luggage tags. Use a business address.


Don't answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.


When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the hotel. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.


Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.


Don't needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.


Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.


Don't invite strangers into your room.


Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.


Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.


If you see any suspicious activity, please report your observations to the management.


As soon as you reach your room, go back into the hall and locate the exit stairwell. Note whether it is to the right or left side of the hall. Count the number of doors you would pass to reach it.


Always keep your hotel key in the same place.


Inspect the room. Is there a bathroom vent? How do the windows open? Is there a ledge outside?


In case of fire, use the stairwells. Walk up if fire is below you, down if fire is on floor above. Never attempt to use an elevator. Use an ice bucket to water down the doors and walls.


Keep a work, or friend's phone number on your key ring never your home address or phone number.


Before leaving, make sure the premiums for your homeowner and auto policies are paid and that no policies will expire. Especially if you are going on an extended trip or are a seasonal resident, ensure no payments will be due while you're away. Taking proper safety precautions will leave your home better protected and allow you to travel with more peace of mind.



During my 27 years as a Property and Casualty Insurance Agent in the Greater Boston area, I have been collecting, from many sources, lists of dos and don'ts related to various areas of Loss Prevention (also known as "Risk Management"). "Loss Prevention Corner' is a compilation of those Risk Management tips that we offer as POSSIBLE SUGGESTIONS. Each of these tips may or may not be appropriate at all times, since every situation is different. The tips are here for your consideration. You must decide which of them is right for you.

Michael A. Norman
Our Video Legacy / Owner









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Weekly Tip: Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. That way you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place!