Have A "Plan B" In Case Your Property Is Stolen Or You Experience Other Disasters!
Did you know that there are approximately 5 Million burglaries each and every year throughout the United States resulting in over 4 Billion dollars in losses? As of 2009, 87% of these burglaries remain unsolved.
While there are numerous steps you can take to reduce your chances of being a burglary victim, you should “Have A Plan B” just in case criminals do make off with your property.
First, make sure you mark your valuables so that you can easily identify them if they are recovered by law enforcement. You’d be totally amazed at the amount of property that police do eventually recover but, often the property never gets returned to the rightful owner because there is no way to determine who owns the property.
There are special engraving tools that can be used to mark your property and many times these tools are available for loan from your local police agency. I recommend discreetly marking your personal property using what is known as an Invisible Ink I.D. Pen with UV Light like the ones available from my private firm, Security Intelligence Bureau at: http://bit.ly/PropertyIDPen.
It’s also very important to make a complete inventory of the property within your residence and even your business or workplace. This inventory should include photographs, receipts and even video so that you have a full record of your items not only in case of a burglary or other crime but also other incidents such as fire, severe weather and flood damage where you’ll need to provide certain details about your property to your insurance carrier for any claims. Of course, you’ll want to store your inventory record in a safe place somewhere outside of your home or business location.
Also consider checking with your insurance agent to see if they have any checklists or software that can help you with your property inventory. There are also FREE Inventory Software solutions available on the internet such as: http://www.whatyouown.org.
Til Next Time…
Be Vigilant, Be Prepared, Be Safe!
Alfred McComber, The Personal Safety Guy