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There have been reports of car thieves peering through the windshields of vehicles and stealing the VIN Numbers from the dashboard VIN plate. They then go to a local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN number. Apparently, this number is all that is needed for proof of ownership to purchase/obtain a duplicate key. The theives also may create new vehi…cle titles with the VIN information, making it for an easy sell.
Due to the obvious complexity, time and effort it would take for all of these steps, it is more likely that these thefts would occur from a used car lot or theft of a high-value vehicle that the thief has been “casing” and is parked at the same location consistently. Even still, the Clark Insurance agency wants to keep you informed.
To avoid this from possibly happening to you, simply put some dark tape or a piece of paper over the VIN number, hiding it from view. By law, one may not remove the actual metal VIN label from any vehicle.
Replace batteries in smoke & carbon monoxide detectors as well as test all units. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, get one. Also, inspect and service your water heaters and furnaces for safety and efficiency.
This is also a great time to make your Spring Maintenance List to inspect gutters, drainspouts, chimneys etc. when weather permits this type of maintenance.
Do I own and/or operate a vehicle, watercraft, motorcycle, motor home, recreational vehicle?
- Do I own or rent a home or condominium, rental properties, vacation homes, or vacant land?
- Do I have any pets?
- Do I have a swimming pool?
- Do I operate any insured businesses out of my home?
A personal umbrella policy is additional liability insurance, above and beyond underlying policies you maintain, that protects your financial assets by complimenting and extending the coverage that is afforded under your personal auto, homeowners and other primary policies.
Today, nearly everyone should consider personal umbrella coverage. A personal umbrella policy can provide additional liability coverage when unforeseen circumstances arise due to accidents, negligence and lawsuits. Umbrella policy limits range from $1,000,000 and can go as high as $10,000,000, depending on the carrier.
Today, ever increasing medical costs and unforeseen lawsuits are driving settlements into the thousands and sometimes millions of dollars. These amounts can easily exceed your primary liability limits afforded under your automobile, homeowner, rental, motorcycle, watercraft and other policies, and if found liable or negligent, the difference could come directly out of your pocket in a court settlement or law suit.
Discuss with an insurance agent for further details and suggestions to properly cover you and your family in situations that could arise. An umbrella policy is a cost effective method to protect your assets and future earnings while providing you with peace of mind.
Did you know that your home has a greater chance of being damaged by a flood than a fire? It’s true, according to FloodSmart.gov.
Unfortunately, your homeowners insurance policy won’t cover the damage to your home or property; only flood insurance will cover the losses.
Find out more: Flood Insurance from Erie Insurance
Winter road conditions present unique challenges to driver capabilities and vehicle performance. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 15 percent of weather-related crashes occur in snow or sleet, and another 13 percent on icy pavement.
Here are just a few safety and preparation tips to keep in mind during winter months.
- Inspect Brakes and tires.
- Inspect battery.
- Add lubricant to door locks to prevent freezing.
- Replace windshield wipers and de-icing washer fluid if necessary
- Add antifreeze.
- Wear a seat belt and make sure all passengers have their seat belts fastened.
- Ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shaded areas. Do not slam on the brakes when driving over ice. Decelerate slowly, holding the car steady.
- Adjust the speed to fit the weather conditions and remain a safe distance behind other cars.
- If the car begins to skid, remove the foot from the gas pedal, but don’t hit the brake. Steer gently in the direction the front of the car should go. As the car straightens out, traction and control will return.
- Keep blankets, a first-aid kit, flares, jumper cables, tire chains, a flashlight, ice scraper and golves in the car. Take a food supply of candy bars or dried fruit.
- Keep the gasoline level as high as possible to prevent water condensation in the tank.
Visit www.nhtsa.gov for more road safety information.