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Are You Considering A Video Surveillance System?

Today’s technology has made setting up security precautions such as security cameras a cinch! You no longer need to be a millionaire to set up one. You could even install one yourself! Security cameras provide a means for its owner to watch over his or her property from the safety and convenience of any area he chooses. This type of system is a great deterrent to thievery and unwanted entry. Most organizations that have sensitive items or are off limits to the general public employ these cameras to help keep their places safe.

Before purchasing a system, you will want to consider the following factors.

Study your needs. The type of security measures installed will depend on your specific security needs. For example how large is the area you would like covered? How many cameras will it take to monitor this area? You must make sure the security camera system you will purchase can accommodate enough slots for expansion.

Do you need audio too? Some camera systems have audio recording equipment as well so you can not only see what happens but hear it as well. This is important in cases when you would like everything documented. However, this may be costly. Many establishments only require video records of their security.

Also, you must ascertain whether you need to have your security cameras record in color or black and white. Color cameras are, of course, more sophisticated and show a clearer picture. However, they tend to be pricey. Color cameras might also not work in low-light situations.

Consider the location of the cameras. Will the site be hard to set up? In that case, you may want to consider wireless security camera systems. However, these cameras must be in a place that is conducive to high-quality broadcast. There must be no interference. They can be moved around the area. They are a bit more flexible than their fixed-wire cousins.

Will the camera system be for outdoor purposes? Cameras that monitor outdoor locations need special weatherproof housings and may not be recommended for extreme temperatures and various elements. Also, those that may be vandalized must be protected against such.

Also, you must take into consideration the lighting for an area. If your camera cannot record a scene due to bad lighting, you will end up with muddy images that won’t help in your surveillance activities. Choose a security camera that has excellent sensitivity to light. Also, try to illuminate such areas with external lighting.

You must consider where the power sources will be located. Make sure they are well protected from the elements and tampering.

 

Consider the available methods for recording the images. You may use a variety of backup media. And with the advent of computer storage media, even the use of hard disks, compact discs, and DVDs can prove to be an inexpensive way to store your data.

 

When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

 

What’s Wrong With Insurance?

There are many insurance myths floating around, and most of them have been around for years.  We want to respond to some of these myths with clear information, so that you can make educated decisions about your insurance purchases.

Commercial Insurance Myths

“Having two agents is better than one, because they keep each other competitive.”

Having two agents duplicates effort and can create coverage gaps and/or duplications.  For example, there is certain coverage that can be included under a liability policy as well as under an auto policy.  If you have two agents, who coordinates coverage? One agent is better able to manage your entire insurance program.

“I am covered under workers’ compensation; therefore I do not need medical insurance.”

Workers’ compensation only covers on-the-job injuries.  It does not cover off-duty accidents, illness, or other things like cancer.

“Umbrella insurance is for only large firms.”

Every business should consider an umbrella policy. Claims can come from employees, clients, and other third parties.  Defense costs range from $250 to $750 per hour on more complicated claims.

“My claim was an act of God; therefore my deductible does not apply.”

All losses are subject to your policy terms including the stated deductible.

“Earthquakes are covered under my commercial insurance.”

Earthquakes and floods are specifically excluded under commercial insurance unless you have added it.

“I can’t control my commercial insurance costs.”

There are a number of actions you can take to control your insurance costs:

  • Increase your deductible
  • Follow all loss control recommendations
  • Only report larger claims
  • Develop a safety program

 

We believe our greatest asset is the relationships we build with our clients and we are dedicated to being the right choice for all of your insurance and financial needs. We take pride in our ability to tailor a comprehensive insurance package that maximizes your insurance protection while minimizing money out of your pocket.

We maintain relationships with underwriters who are specialists in the commercial property insurance arena, and we consistently monitor the marketplace for new and innovative underwriters. We will evaluate your specific business needs and make personalized recommendations for your business.

At Vaught Wright & Bond our Commercial Lines specialists not only tailor a policy to fit your business’ needs, but also work diligently with you to avoid unnecessary costs and exposures.

 

Do Auto Deductibles Ever Change?

An Auto Insurance Update

We are all looking for ways to save money.  Insurance works hard to offer the best combination of pricing and coverage to all our clients. We recommend that you review your insurance program annually to make sure your insurance is meeting your changing needs.  Considering changes in deductibles should be part of this process. Increasing deductibles can reduce your premiums and may save you money in the long run.

Pro:

Increasing your deductible will reduce your premiums. For example, let’s say you pay $225 per month for your auto insurance with a $50 comprehensive and $100 collision deductible. By increasing your deductible to $250 comprehensive and $1,000 collision you might save $75 per month. That is a $900 annual savings. Assuming you don’t have regular accidents, the savings would almost pay for itself in a year. (This is an example only. Actual savings will be based on individual factors)

Con:

If you raise your collision deductible to $1,000 and have an accident the next day, you must pay the $1,000. Are you prepared to manage that? Keep in mind these deductibles will apply even if your car is stolen or a tree falls on it; it does not have to be your fault.

Your deductible and limits are a personal decision and your financial situation plays a part in the deductibles and coverage you choose. We can review your insurance and provide deductible saving options, so please call us today.

Final Thought – When should you remove your deductible?

There does come a time when it is not cost effective to maintain any comp/collision insurance. As vehicles age, the depreciated value continues to get lower. At some point you must consider the cost of insurance vs. what you might get in return.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

 

A 2018 Personal Insurance Guide

When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

Personal Insurance

  • Review my insurance to make sure I have the right coverage
  • Take the time to read my insurance policies
  • Does my independent agent have all my correct information, including new phone number, address, and newly purchased property?
  • Make sure I have identity theft insurance
  • Do I have enough life insurance?
  • Do I need life insurance for my spouse?

Other Items To Consider (you may need insurance for some of these)

  • Bought a new car or sold a car
  • Changed your marital status
  • Bought a boat, RV or ATV
  • Change of address
  • Welcomed a new baby into the family
  • Major inheritance
  • Have a new teen driver in the family
  • Child headed off to college
  • Purchased second home
  • Plan foreign travel
  • Started a home based business
  • I now drive my personal car for work

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

How To Have A Safe Holiday Party

December is filled with many wonderful office events including the company Holiday party. However, without the appropriate precautionary measures, legal consequences can quickly dampen the festive nature of these company-sponsored events. With the growth of social media, that last thing you want is a picture of yourself dancing on the table posted on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Also, almost 40 percent of all holiday traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Here are a few thoughts as you start planning for your company event.

Business Insurance And The Company Party

Most commercial insurance policies will cover any liability as long as the claim is covered under the commercial policy. If you offer alcohol and charge for it, you may want to consider a liquor liability policy.

Holiday Party Safety Tips

  1. Remind your employees about the company’s harassment policy.
  2. Limit alcohol to two or three drinks per person.
  3. Offer free rides home for those who may need it
  4. Serve wine and beer rather than hard alcohol. A 12 oz. can of beer has roughly the same amount of alcohol as a 6 oz. glass of wine and a 1.5 oz. shot of whiskey.
  5. Do not make your party mandatory.
  6. Leave out the mistletoe. This particular decoration can lead to inappropriate contact between employees.
  7. Make it clear that no drug use will be tolerated.
  8. Have a good selection of food and non-alcohol drinks.
  9. Don’t allow the party to go late into the night.
  10. Don’t allow people to mix drinks on their own.

We represent the best insurance companies; these include Hartford, Allied Insurance, Travelers, CIG, State Fund, Safeco, and many others. Without proper guidance, commercial insurance for your business can be a nightmare. No two businesses are alike. At Vaught Wright & Bond our Commercial Lines specialists not only tailor a policy to fit your business’ needs, but also work diligently with you to avoid unnecessary costs and exposures.

The Holiday Season Brings Risk Too

A Personal Insurance Update

November is here and that means the holiday season has started.  Over the next number of weeks, holiday activities will consume much of our time.  This is also the season when homeowners have insurance claims for fire, burglary, theft from vehicles, and even auto accidents.

Now may be the best time to have us review your personal insurance in order to make sure you have the individual coverage you need.

Shopping Safety Tips

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Put your shopping bags in your trunk.
  • NEVER leave car doors unlocked or windows open.
  • ALWAYS park in lighted areas. Do NOT park in remote areas.
  • Shop with a friend.
  • Keep receipts in your wallet or purse.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • As you return to your car, make sure to keep your car key in your hand.
  • If you make expensive purchases, like jewelry or guns, call our office, as we may need to add these to your policy.

Christmas Tree Safety (provided by the NFPA)

  • Make sure the tree is at least four feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking any exit or door.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Only used approved lights.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs
  • Replace any string of lights that has worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Home Safety Tips

If you are planning a vacation during the holiday, here are few ideas to consider:

  • Get a security system.
  • Trim landscaping that is too close to your house.
  • Don’t advertise your vacation on social media.
  • Cancel mail and other deliveries.
  • Leave lights on when gone.
  • Have a neighbor check on your home.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use a variable light timer to activate lights inside your home.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • While you are gone, arrange for your lawn to be mowed.
  • Have adequate exterior lighting.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

Is a Home Remodel Project in Your Future?

You may be looking for ways to improve your home in the near future.  Perhaps you want to upgrade your heating system, replace a leaky roof, or add on that sunroom you have always wanted.  Before you get started however, you will want to know how that remodeling project can affect your insurance needs.

Update Your Homeowners Insurance

Whether you are updating your kitchen or adding on another room, a remodeling project will likely add value to your home.  As a result, you will want to check the property coverage limits on your homeowner’s policy to make sure that they reflect any changes you make to your home, no matter how small or large the improvements may be.

If you hire someone to do the remodeling, you will want to make sure that he or she is properly insured.  Any contractor that you hire should have a certificate of coverage for both workers’ compensation and contractor’s liability insurance.

Require Your Contractor to Have Insurance

Workers’ compensation coverage protects you from liability claims that can result from a contractor (or his or her employees) getting hurt on the job.  Contractor’s liability insurance provides coverage for damage to your property caused by the contractor during remodeling.

If you hire a general contractor who is planning to hand off some of the work to a subcontractor (or if you plan to act as a general contractor yourself), you will also want to get a copy of the subcontractor’s proof of insurance.

Before jumping into a home improvement project, make sure that you are prepared in case an accident occurs.  If someone helping you on a remodeling project is hurt, his or her injuries could be covered under the liability portion of your homeowner’s policy.  You may also want to look into a personal umbrella liability policy, which provides coverage beyond your regular homeowners insurance and is especially important if you have significant assets that you need to protect.  It is imported to check with us to make sure you are covered correctly.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

Is a Home Remodel Project in Your Future?

You may be looking for ways to improve your home in the near future.  Perhaps you want to upgrade your heating system, replace a leaky roof, or add on that sunroom you have always wanted.  Before you get started however, you will want to know how that remodeling project can affect your insurance needs.

Update Your Homeowners Insurance

Whether you are updating your kitchen or adding on another room, a remodeling project will likely add value to your home.  As a result, you will want to check the property coverage limits on your homeowner’s policy to make sure that they reflect any changes you make to your home, no matter how small or large the improvements may be.

If you hire someone to do the remodeling, you will want to make sure that he or she is properly insured.  Any contractor that you hire should have a certificate of coverage for both workers’ compensation and contractor’s liability insurance.

Require Your Contractor to Have Insurance

Workers’ compensation coverage protects you from liability claims that can result from a contractor (or his or her employees) getting hurt on the job.  Contractor’s liability insurance provides coverage for damage to your property caused by the contractor during remodeling.

If you hire a general contractor who is planning to hand off some of the work to a subcontractor (or if you plan to act as a general contractor yourself), you will also want to get a copy of the subcontractor’s proof of insurance.

Before jumping into a home improvement project, make sure that you are prepared in case an accident occurs.  If someone helping you on a remodeling project is hurt, his or her injuries could be covered under the liability portion of your homeowner’s policy.  You may also want to look into a personal umbrella liability policy, which provides coverage beyond your regular homeowners insurance and is especially important if you have significant assets that you need to protect.  It is imported to check with us to make sure you are covered correctly.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

September is National Preparedness Month

Disaster Preparedness

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Houston. Hurricane Harvey caused over 75 billion dollars of damage. While this is fresh on our minds, let’s get prepared for the unexpected.  This could be a flood, hurricane, earthquake, wild fire, or any other event that causes damage to our homes.

Remember, your homeowners insurance may or may not cover the next disaster, so it is a good idea to have our team complete a personal insurance review.  Here are some things you can do right now.  Ready.gov has provided many good resources.

Basic Preparedness Tips

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a “go-bag” or disaster supply kit should you need to evacuate, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information.
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan and review it regularly with members.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

More resources for you

www.ready.gov

Download FEMA App

You Just Got Sued For A Social Media Post

A Texas jury has awarded a wedding photographer more than $1 million after determining a newly married couple unhappy with her work launched a social media campaign to post falsehoods about her. The Dallas County jury found Friday that the campaign against Andrea Polito amounted to defamation. The jury unanimously found the couple acted of out malice in targeting Polito in the months after their October 2014 wedding. (AP) Read article.

Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Social Media?

Social media has changed how we communicate with family and friends. Technology has made it so that anyone can have their voice heard and their comments recorded for posterity.  Among the greatest contributors to this revolution are your teenagers…and you can be held responsible for their actions.

What Kind Of Personal Insurance Claim Can Come From A Social Media Post?

Recently, a 16-year-old student sued five classmates and their parents for online harassment. Whether or not the allegations are true, the teenagers and their parents required legal resources to defend themselves for the possible judgments against them.

What Does Homeowner’s Insurance Provide?

Most people assume their homeowner’s insurance will cover any kind of claim that comes from social media content. However, you need to have personal injury coverage as part of your homeowner’s insurance policy. If you bought your insurance online you may not have this coverage.

Personal Injury coverage is an optional endorsement on the standard homeowner’s policy that provides protection for libel, slander, defamation of character, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and wrongful eviction. This coverage is also provided by most umbrella policies.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.