Are Your Valuables Safe?

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Are Your Valuables Safe?

Where in your home do you hide your valuables? It turns out that most homeowners have the same answer. Dressers, closets, filing cabinets, and under the bed are among the most popular places to keep a secret stash. The sock drawer is considered especially safe for personal treasures, but how secure are these hiding places?

Halifax Home Insurance carried out research in 2008 during which they looked at where items were stolen from in 250 burglaries. As one could imagine, burglars are in tune with the most popular hiding spots. Even the refrigerator or the freezer isn’t safe! One robber said in an interview, “Old fish finger boxes in the fridge… that is the first place you would look for something they don’t want you to find.”

When selecting a hiding spot, it is important to remember that thieves are strapped for time. Being in a rush means if they can pick it up and run out of your house with it, they will. So, safes that are not bolted to the ground are a no go. Items they can spot easily, especially from the street, are going to be first on a burglar’s list. Your cherished possessions are more secure in a safe that you can bolt to the floor or the wall.

However, planting a fake stash can throw burglars off the trail. Remember, these guys just want to get in and out. Putting a small amount of cash in your sock drawer can make a thief believe they found your entire stash and they’ll leave everything else untouched.

Here are some places that might keep your valuables safer:

  • Buried in the “soil” of a fake plant
  • Anywhere in a kid’s room – burglars rarely enter children’s rooms.
  • In between the pages of a book
  • In an old coffee tin or soup can

What’s the safest move to make? A comprehensive home insurance coverage policy from AWS. Contact us today to learn how we can protect your home and assets.

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.

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