Allstate Back to School Safety 101: 10 Tips to Make Your Return to School Stress-Free

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August, 2010 – With fall just around the corner, thousands of post-secondary students across Canada are packing up their belongings to move across the province or even the country to pursue their studies.

“Whether you’re moving a hundred kilometres away from home or a thousand, it’s important to keep yourself and your possessions safe,” says Amy Woods, official spokesperson for Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. “Although we’ve had a small number of claims, we’ve noticed that theft seems to be an issue for university students. Having the necessary protection in place and taking a few simple steps before you leave for school allows you to enjoy your university experience with fewer worries.”

Allstate Canada has put together 10 tips to help you stay safe this school year:

  1. Whether you’re living on or off campus, look into the rules and regulations of your home away from home before you leave. Make sure you do not bring anything that is not permitted.
  2. Dormitories may seem like a fun, safe environment, but it is important to make sure to lock your door whenever you leave your room in order to protect your belongings.
  3. If you are bringing any items of high value to school, such as musical instruments or jewelry, consider having them insured against theft or damage before you arrive at school.
  4. Never abandon your laptop in a library. It only takes a few moments for someone to walk by and swipe it. If you must leave it temporarily, invest in a laptop lock to act as a deterrent.
  5. If you’re renting a room or an apartment in a building, you may be required to have tenants insurance, which protects you and your belongings if your property is stolen or damaged. Speak to your family’s insurance provider or ask someone you know for a recommendation for an insurance provider in your new city.
  6. When you take a car out of province, remember to check with your auto insurance company to see if you are covered while away and contact the province’s transportation department to see if you need to change your license plates.
  7. Don’t leave anything valuable in your car, especially in plain sight. Put any high value items in the trunk or glove compartment where they can’t be seen.
  8. Keep an eye on your laundry if you’re doing it at a Laundromat to avoid having your belongings stolen. Bring homework or a book with you to help pass the time.
  9. How safe is your dormitory building? Look into the guest policy for your dormitory and see what kind of security procedures they have in place. If you feel unsafe, speak to an RA or an administrator about creating a secure environment.
  10. These days, many student cards act as more than identification. If you have a meal plan or library account associated with yours, report it immediately if it goes missing.

Staying safe while you’re back at school doesn’t have to be as difficult as getting an A in chemistry. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you can focus on getting that project in on time and having fun.

About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada produces and distributes home and auto insurance products across Canada. “The Good Hands Network(R)” enables consumers to contact Allstate through one of 93 community Agencies, directly online at www.allstate.ca and through the Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-allstate.