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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!

 
Theft & Vandalism
 
1.

Don't leave labeled boxes on the curb. It's like handing out an inventory of your house. Break boxes into pieces and toss them in an opaque trash bag.


2.

Install deadbolt locks with dual keys.


3.

Install outside lights that are activated by motion detectors.


4.

Keep your office equipment and valuables out of view from the street.


5.

Get to know your neighbors and use a neighborhood watch system.


6.

Exterior doors and interior doors that lead from the basement or garage should be constructed of solid wood or metal and equipped with dead bolt locks.


7.

A safe or vault approved by Underwrites Laboratory (UL) can be useful for storage of more precious items. The safe or vault should be permanently fastened to a wall or floor.


8.

Clearly display your house number for response personnel to locate your home quickly.


9.

Lock all windows whenever practical.


10.

Plant prickly shrubs under windows.


11.

Do not leave keys outdoors (or hidden under doormat).


12.

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


13.

If keys are lost, change all locks.


14.

Do not let strangers in to use the bathroom or phone.


15.

Stamp “Do Not Duplicate” on your keys.


16.

Keep house keys on a separate or detachable key ring from your car keys.


17.

Lend keys only to trusted people.


18.

If living alone, use your first initial in telephone directory or on your mailbox or buzzer. When parking in a commercial garage, leave only the ignition key with the attendant and remove your garage door opener.


19.

Do not keep jewelry in your bedroom or in the “cookie jar”.


20.

Do not keep large sums of money in your house.


21.

Do not answer telephone inquiries or respond to mail questionnaires about your type of home, alarm system, or daytime occupancy.


22.

Do not leave the garage door opener or other personal items in your unlocked car.


23.

Install a wide-angle peephole. Use it before opening the door.


24.

Secure sliding glass doors with a steel rod or wooden dowel in the track.


25.

Firmly secure air conditioners to the windows.



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DISCLAIMER

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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