North Bay Insurance Brokers Looks Into Their Crystal Ball

glass-ball-1547291_640Insurance Trends For 2017

2017 is here and insurance companies are changing how they manage your policies.  This means that pricing and services for business insurance and personal insurance is changing, mostly for the better. We have compiled a list of trends that you may find interesting.  These trends will also influence how claims are handled, what kind of coverage is offered, and how the insurer services your account.

Trends That Will Impact Business and Personal Insurance

  • Use of Drones – Drones may be used to collect information on your building and will be used to collect real time information on large losses.
  • Google and Zillow – Underwriters will use information on these sites to verify information on personal lines applications.
  • Social Media — Social media data provides real-time information about claims severity and localization and helps prevent fraud.
  • Homeowner’s Insurance – Coastal claims will continue to add pressure to increase rates in many areas.
  • Real Time Sensors — Factory and home sensors and telematics systems on cars and trucks will increase and add value to the underwriting process. This will give the better risks more discounts. For example, having vehicle sensors will allow personal lines insurers to offer discounts to drivers who follow traffic laws.
  • Digital Engagement – There will be greater opportunity to manage your business insurance or personal insurance online 24/7.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. provides insurance to businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and surrounding areas. No matter what business you’re in, each workday is dedicated to doing your job well and providing your customers with the best service possible. North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. would like to return the favor by giving you the coverage you need to ensure the security of your business.

 

 

Thieves Are Looking For Bargain’s This Holiday Too

aqazxaThe Most Common Holiday Theft Losses

We are in the middle of the holiday season.  While you are out shopping for that perfect gift, criminals are also out looking for ways to enhance their holiday take. While your personal insurance will most likely cover losses from theft, we thought it might be good to identify the most common holiday theft losses.

Now might be a good time to have us review your personal insurance. Stop in and have some coffee while we review your homeowner’s insurance coverage.

Theft From Vehicles

While you are in the store, criminals are in the parking lot looking for easy ways to get into your vehicle.  Keep all packages in the trunk; always lock your car, park close to the store, and in a well-lit area.

Home Burglaries

Home burglaries increase in December, due to people traveling and an increased number of easy targets.  When you leave your home, keep lights on, close your drapes, and never leave packages on your front porch.  Thieves will follow delivery trucks waiting for an opportunity to strike. Most online retailers send emails and text messages so purchasers know almost immediately when a package has been delivered.

Stolen Purses

When you are shopping, never leave your purse in the shopping cart, keep your purse closed, only take the credit cards you need, and leave other cards and documents at home.  Don’t carry a lot of cash and wait until asked to produce your credit card so a nearby thief can’t get your account information.

Identity Theft

Online shopping has become as big as direct shopping. Make sure to use secure websites and log off when completing any purchases.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

Don’t Let One Too Many Drinks Put You Out Of Business

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Business Insurance And Risk Management Tips From North Bay Insurance Brokers

As we close the year out, many businesses will be hosting company parties.  Business owners, executives, and human resources personnel need to make sure to avoid some key risks to ensure their day of merriment does not turn into disaster.  While your business insurance would likely respond to most claims, we have several tips to help reduce the likelihood of litigation.  It is worth noting that employers are responsible for the conduct of their employees at all work-related events.

Holiday Party Safety Tips

  • Limit use of alcohol.  Additionally, alcoholic options can be limited to wine and beer and the company should be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic beverage alternatives.
  • Hire professional servers and make sure they have insurance.
  • Make sure you have food at your party.
  • Confirm that your employees understand that a holiday party is still a work-related activity and appropriate work behavior is still required.
  • No mistletoe! This holiday symbol is an invitation for employees to engage in behavior which is inappropriate for the workplace.
  • Make attending the party optional.
  • Arrange for cab rides or transportation home for guests who may need it.
  • Encourage managers to set a good example.
  • Remind employees via email about your company’s code of conduct and substance abuse policy prior to the party.
  • Review the company’s harassment policies with employees prior to the party.
  • If you have employees bring food, be sure the food is labeled by type. Some people may have food allergies.

When business owners host a holiday party and serve alcohol as part of the festivities, liquor liability can be covered by their commercial general liability (CGL) policy. However, it is always best to check with your insurance agent or broker first.Business owners should talk with their insurance agent about their liability insurance coverage and any exclusions, conditions, or limitations to their policies for this kind of risk.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re committed to keeping your business protected – so you can focus on your day-to-day operations. And with the right insurance plan, your business will be covered from top to bottom.

 

 

Cyber Thieves Can Come Right Into Your Home

Cyber Crime Means World Wide Web And Criminal

Cyber Crime Indicating World Wide Web And Unlawful Act

A North Bay Insurance Update

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and many of us are searching our favorite web pages for the best deals on the items that top this year’s wish list.  Last year, cyber Monday was the year’s single biggest day for shopping, generating over 2 billion dollars in sales.  This year, consumer experts predict an even bigger day.  However, this online activity is also a big day for cyber criminals.

Holiday Cyber Safety Tips

  • Use a credit card rather than a debit card. It is easier to resolve issues.
  • Make sure your computer has updated security software. Verify that your antivirus software is up-to-date with the latest virus definitions, and that useful features like real-time scanning are enabled.
  • Update your passwords and make sure they are strong. Do not use 1234 as your password.
  • Do not open email advertisements for sources you do not know.
  • Use only familiar websites.
  • Check you statements to make sure charges are correct.
  • Always log out of websites after your shopping is complete. Cookies can often keep you logged into accounts even after you close the browsing tab–an obvious no-no.  Get in the habit of clicking the “log out” button.
  • Try not to do your online banking on the same computer you use to shop online.
  • An extremely important online shopping safety tip is to keep your personal information protected. No retailer needs your social security number or your birthday.
  • The National Retail Federation predicts that 25 percent of adults will do online browsing with their smartphones to find gifts. If you use your smart phone to shop, make sure that you are only browsing safe, well-known sites.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

Sources – Protection one, CNET, Identity Hawk.com, and Tripwire.