How to Protect your Valuables this Holiday Season

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Toronto, ON (Dec. 15, 2015) – There has been an increase of vehicle break-ins this fall across Ontario and the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) wants to prepare Ontario drivers with some basic tips on how to protect their valuables as they shop and travel this holiday season.

Time of year is particularly vulnerable as criminals target unsuspecting shoppers. Thieves will loiter around malls and parking lots looking for shoppers who have placed purchases in their vehicles and then return into the mall for additional shopping.

“People are traditionally cautious about locking their homes appropriately to prevent a break in but others may not be as vigilant when leaving items in their vehicles,” said IBAO President Michael Brattman. “We want to remind Ontario drivers of some simple tips to protect their possessions.”

  • Lock your vehicle at all times;
  • Keep items out of sight and in the trunk (and under your privacy shield if possible);
  • Purchases from high- value stores (jewelry, electronics) are most desirable therefore consider re-bagging them if possible;
  • Always park in a well-lit area;
  • Ask mall security to walk you to your car with your purchases.

“After the holidays, it’s important to contact your broker and inform them of any high valued gifts you received. These may need to be updated (or scheduled) on your policy to ensure appropriate coverage,” concluded Brattman.

About IBAO

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario is a ‘not for profit’ association that represents and serves the interests of over 12,000 independent Property & Casualty Insurance Brokers in the Province of Ontario. For information about IBAO, visit www.ibao.org or www.ibao.org/blog to receive timely news and information updates.

Source: Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO)