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The holiday season is quickly approaching, unfortunately bringing along with it one of the busiest times for theft or burglary claims.

Here are a few tips that can help you protect your family and belongings this holiday season.

1.    Make sure your house is well lit
With early sunsets during the holiday season, it makes the longer nights an ideal time for burglars to strike.  Make sure the exterior of your house is as bright as possible to deter lurking intruders.

2.    Consider installing an alarm system
Not only is an alarm system one of the biggest deterrents for burglars, it can also save you up to 25% on your home insurance (depending on the insurance company).  

3.    Keep gifts out of sight
If gifts are visible from your window it can be very tempting for criminals.  Try to ensure that your gifts are out of site if possible.

4.     Decorate with caution
Tis the season for lights and decorations, but unfortunately if you aren’t careful they can also be a fire hazard; 

  • Make sure you turn off your Christmas lights when you’re not at home and when you go to sleep.
  • Don’t overload a power outlet with an excessive amount of electrical plugs.
  • Decorations can be highly flammable.  Make sure you keep them away from heaters, candles and fireplaces to avoid them catching fire.
  • Never connect extension cords.  

5.     Going out of town

  • If you’re going to be gone this holiday season here are a few things you can do to help deter burglars.
  • Make your house look active. Having a neighbour you trust, shovel the driveway and collect your mail from your doorstep can go a long way.
  • If you’re using timers make sure they’re set to go on and off at random times avoiding any particular pattern that thieves could catch onto.
  • Check your social media privacy settings to ensure only your friends can read your posts about your travels.  Criminals often scope out your feeds to determine when you aren’t home.

6.    Don’t advertise your shiny new gifts
If possible, avoid displaying the empty boxes or packaging for any big ticket items you may have received.   This can be very tempting for passersby.  


Crossroads Insurance

Reopening to the Public!

Effective Wednesday May 27th, 2020, our offices will once again be opening our doors to the public. We will also continue to perform transactions by phone, email and online.

The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we would like to ensure that safety measures have been put in to place to protect everyone.

We will continue to follow the guidelines set out by the Province of Manitoba and Health Canada. To ensure customer and staff safety, we have implemented the following measures:

  • We will be limiting the number of customers permitted in the office at any one time
  • We have markers placed to comply with physical distancing
  • We have installed protective shields on desks between the insurance advisor and customer
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the office
  • The payment terminal will be disinfected in between uses
  • Each station used for a transaction will be disinfected in between customers
  • Further Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing

In an effort to minimize the amount of people in our offices at any one time, we will continue to have some of our staff work remotely.

We will continue to maintain reduced hours as follows: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am to 4:00pm.

When visiting one of our locations, please respect social distancing both outside and inside the branch, and follow the directions on all signage.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or have travelled outside the province in the last 14 days, please do not attend the office. We will be happy to help you over the phone, by email, or online.

There may be times when our team members are dealing with increased call volumes and walk-in traffic. Please be patient during this time. Please leave a voicemail and one of our Insurance Advisors will return your call as soon as they are available. You can also send your inquires by email, fax, and through our website.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this together. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with regular updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Insurance Advisors who are here to help and ready to assist you.

Your Crossroads Insurance Team