5 Tips to Avoid Theft During the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but also the time when you’re most likely to encounter theft.

If you’re like me and millionsof other Americans, you often to do a portion of your shopping online. It’s quick, you’re able to find exactly what you’re looking for, and you can even get free shipping. Better yet, you don’t have to brave the crowds at the mall or on the road! However, shopping online means that you don’t have the luxury of being handed yourpurchase as soon as yourcredit card goes through;your items will either end up in your mailbox or on your front steps where they have a much higher chance of being stolen.


Follow these tips to avoid theft at your home during the holidays and make sure your friends and family aren’t left empty-handed!

  • Review your homeowners insurance coverage. One way to combat the financial blow from stolen packages is to be prepared in case it happens. A loss resulting from theft is covered by most homeowners insurance policies as part of your personal property coverage. So, if your holiday gifts are stolen right from your porch, you can be reimbursed by your insurance company.
  • Track your packages. Most major online retails offer the option to track your packages once the order has been placed. You can even receive text or email notifications providing updates on your purchase so you’ll know the precise moment when it lands on your doorstep. Lower the chances of your packages being stolen by tracking them closely and retrieving them as soon as they reach your home. If you think you won’t be available when your order arrives, provide shipping instructions before placing your order to let the mail carrier know of a specific hiding spot to leave yourpackage.


  • Keep your property well-lit. This applies year-round, but thieves are less likely to trespass onto your property and steal your items if your home is flooded with light. Dark yards make theft much easier as passersby are much less likely to see the thief in action and call the police. Invest in some floodlights (or cover your property in Christmas lights… ’tis the season!) to lessen your chances of stolen property.
  • Lock every possible entryway. Thieves won’t necessarily try to break into your front door especially if it’s facing a road, so make sure all of your doors and windows are locked before heading out. It’s good to do this whether you’re away for a week, a day, or an hour.
  • If you’re on vacation, hire a house-sitter or trustworthy neighbor.112.5 million Americansare projected to travel for the holidays this year. If you’re one of them, you don’t want it to be obvious that your home is unoccupied. Ask a neighbor or hire a house-sitter to get your mail every day and turn on some lights to make it seem as if you’re home. You can also invest in lights that are triggered by a timer so you don’t have to worry about wasting power.

Whether you’re spending the holiday season at home or away with family/friends, we’d like to wish you a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!


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Best Types of Insurance for Landscapers

If you’re in the landscaping business, there’s no question that you need insurance due to the number of unique risks that you face on the job. The potential for injuries is relatively high and doing work on other people’s personal property is a huge liability. However, there are a variety of options that landscapers have when it comes to protecting your assets and lowering your chances of facing a lawsuit.

General Liability Insurance

General liability insurance is the most basic type of insurance that any business should have regardless of its industry. It is especially important for landscapers as it can protect you from being sued for thousands of dollars if you damage or destroy your client’s property by mistake.

Let’s say you’re pulling into your customer’s driveway and accidentally run over their mailbox, damaging it enough to require a replacement. With general liability insurance, you would not be required to pay for a new mailbox out of pocket. This is, of course, subject to the limits of your insurance, but it can save you a large sum of money in the event of more serious damages.

General liability insurance, however, does not cover the costs of an employee’s medical bills if they get injured on the job. This type of coverage would require workers compensation insurance.


Workers Compensation Insurance

Generally, Workers compensation (or work comp) insurance is necessary for all landscapers who have at least one full-time or part-time employee. If you have “sub-contractors” or 1099 employees, you may still needcoverage. These sub-contractors can be considered employees, making you responsible for injuries occurring on the job.

A job like landscaping in which you’re on the move for hours at a time presents a higher risk of injury to yourself or your employees. If one of your employees falls off a roof and breaks their arm, you could be expected to pay for their medical bills. We all know that a trip to the hospital isn’t cheap, so workers compensation insurance will help you avoid breaking the bank.If your employee decides to sue you after an accident, a workers compensation policy would also help cover the cost of any legal fees.


It’s important to note that if your landscaping company does seasonal work such as snow removal, insurance companies will see you as more of a financial risk and some may not insure you as a result. Talk to a Risk Averse agent today about your specific needs and we’ll make sure you have coverage year-round.


Call Risk Averse Insurancein Media, PA to discuss yourgeneral liability and/or workers compensation insurance for your business.

Risk Averse Insurance is an independent insurance agency in Delaware County that specializes in providing high-quality insurance products at an affordable price.