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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Is Crime Tourism Coming to a Town Near You?

By Catherine Powell

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With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 running rampant, you’d think that tourism would be way down.  Well, it turns out that one form of travel has been on the upswing for the past three years.  Law enforcement refers to it as “Crime Tourism” and it’s been making its way steadily south.   If you’re looking to keep traveling crooks from targeting you and yours, here’s what you need to know.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

10 Scams That Target the Elderly

 By Catherine Powell

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If your parents are elderly, you realize it’s up to you to make sure they are not only cared for but looked after.  This means making sure they get to doctor’s appointments and take their meds on time, eat regularly, and stay active.  It also means you need to realize that there are crooks out there who specifically target golden girls and guys.  If you don’t want to find yourself in the unenviable position of filing a police report while trying to get your parents bank to cancel a check or reverse a credit card purchase, here are ten scams you need to clue them and yourself in on.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

What's the Deal on Two Wheels?

 By Catherine Powell

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If you’re into biking of any kind, you know you need to be extra cautious when riding in traffic. That’s because bikes are tougher to see than cars.  Some, such as bicycles, mopeds, and scooters, travel slower than other vehicular traffic.  This means riders are at a disadvantage since traffic routinely overtakes them.  All bikes, including motorcycles, don’t come equipped with seatbelts, which means riders can expect to be ejected should an accident occurs.  This can result in damage or injuries that may not be covered by your existing insurance policy.  If you want to know what to expect from an insurance point of view when you ride a bike, this week’s blog is for you.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

When Attractive Nuisances Turn Ugly

 By Catherine Powell

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We're all familiar with the old adage, "It's all fun until someone gets hurt."  While the saying is usually applied to kid's games, if a kid who isn't yours gets hurt while playing at your home, you could be held liable.  Even worse is if the child in question is injured while playing on what's later deemed an "attractive nuisance" on your property.  Since most homeowners with the exception of attorneys aren't all that familiar with the term or what it could mean to their wallet, I'd like to take the time to explore the topic in detail in today's blog.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Hackers Use Trackers to Steal Cars

 By Catherine Powell

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I was scanning the newsfeeds today when I happened upon an article posted on nypost.com that featured a novel new use for Apple AirTags.  AirTags are designed to help you find things like lost keys and wallets when you misplace them.  That's all well and good if you're forgetful. However, the hi-tech web-enabled tracking devices are now being used in New York and elsewhere to tag luxury vehicles by car thieves.   That's right, car theft has gone digital.  I figured if it's happening in New York then it won't be long before this caper is introduced to Florida.  Here's what you need to know:

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Does Omicron Spell Oh My for Your Holiday Travel Plans?

 By Catherine Powell

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If you or someone you know is planning on traveling during the holiday season, is the Omicron variant of Covid-19 going to put the kibosh on your trip?  That depends.  While the variant has reared its ugly head recently, its transmissibility and virulence is still unknown.  The CDC has already issued warnings for those who are immunocompromised or old, and they advise anyone planning on traveling overseas to consider postponing their trip until they have a better bead on Omicron's likely impact.  If you're in good health and are planning on traveling during the holidays come hell or high water, here's what you need to know:

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Student Pilot Insurance Makes for Happy Landings

 By Catherine Powell

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If you or someone you know is considering getting their private pilot's license, there are a few things you won't learn from a flight school.  While a flight instructor can teach you many things, one of the things that are not usually covered in your education is the liability you incur the moment you take control of a rented light plane.  While you may correctly assume that the operator of a flight school is covered by insurance for incidents involving their aircraft, what you probably don't realize is that their coverage doesn't extend to you.  Before you sign up for flight lessons, there are a few things you need to know.

Is Crime Tourism Coming to a Town Near You?

By Catherine Powell Image courtesy Pixabay With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 running rampant, you’d think that tourism would be way down....