Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Day to all of our Veterans and their Families!

Memorial Day is being observed this year on Monday May 28th.

It commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the
military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the
American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification
after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and
memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at
3:00 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the
United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.
Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site
at National Cemeteries.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take donations for
poppies in the days leading up to Memorial Day; the poppy's
significance to Memorial Day is the result of the John McCrae
poem "In Flanders Fields."

In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also used as a
time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting
events. One of the longest-standing traditions is the running
of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction
with Memorial Day since 1911.

Please join us in celebrating our brave Men and Women who
have given their life defending our freedom.

Happy Memorial Day to all Veterans from your friends at The Zabbia Insurance Agency,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Beware of thefts of items in your car!

With the warm weather comes driving with your windows open.  Unfortunately, it is also an opportunity for thieves to easily break into your car to see what you have to steal.  All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there's something left in the car worth stealing. One of the “Hottest” items that thieves are targeting both locally and nationally is the GPS system in your vehicle. It's very simple police say:” if you leave a GPS system in your car, the chances are it will be stolen”. Here are few tips to prevent your satellite navigation system from being taken.

If your vehicle is stolen or property is taken from the vehicle there are number of things you can and should do:
  • Call the Police. Provide a complete description of the items taken. Also provide license plate number, make a model of vehicle, year and color.
  • Etch your driver's license number on all removable valuable items. Items such as audio equipment.
  • Don't leave your driver's license or title in the vehicle.
  • Keep a record of the VIN number, License plate number, and insurance information in your wallet or purse.
  • Install a vehicle tracking and location system that can be activated after the vehicle is reported as stolen.
Hide your GPS device

Think of a GPS device as an invisible eye, one that can help you see but one that need not be seen by others. Don't leave it in plain sight because the majority of thefts occur because someone sees that it is there for the taking. Mounting the GPS device on your dashboard keeps the GPS unit out of sight.
Take it when you leave
Also opt to take the GPS device with you when you exit your car. That may or may not be cumbersome depending on what else you have to carry, but you will know the GPS device is with you.
Wipe away the evidence
If your GPS device has suction cups to adhere it to the windshield, the rings left by the suction cups advertise the presence of a GPS device. Even if you take it with you, someone may vandalize your car in search of a GPS device after seeing the rings left by the suction cups. You can keep towelettes on hand to wipe away these rings.