The holiday season is a great time to celebrate with family and loved ones, a day to eat, drink, and be thankful for all we have. While we know that the holidays will look different this year, knowing important safety tips and having the proper insurance coverage can help prevent a major headache for you later down the road. Please check out some safety tips below to ensure you and your family have a happy and safe socially distanced holiday.
- Watch Out for Porch Thieves: In this digital era and with COVID-19, almost everyone is turning to online shopping this holiday season. Packages delivered to your front porch are easy targets for thieves. When ordering online, make sure to set-up delivery alerts or give clear delivery instructions so the driver can place your package in a safe area.
- Take Pre-Caution in the Parking Lot: If you are considering going to the mall to shop for your holiday gifts, be careful of leaving your shopping bags in the car. Many people tend to drop off bags throughout their shopping adventure, but this allows criminals to see your valuables unattended in the car. If you need to leave shopping bags in the car, it is best to place them in a locked trunk out of view to those outside.
- Protect Your Identity when Shopping: When shopping in person, it is important only to carry around the credit cards that you need. Do not carry other important documents with you such as social security card or passports. If you are shopping online, be sure to only use secure websites and log-off after making your purchase. It’s always a good idea to continuously monitor and keep track of your bank account activity during the busy holiday season.
- Travel Safely: If you must travel this holiday season, it is recommended that you travel by car to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Make sure that your car has been serviced and that everything is running smoothly before taking a road-trip. When leaving your home, be cautious about posting on social media or telling everyone that you will not be home. Most importantly, never drink and drive – many car ride services are available to use easily!