Beware of Auto Warranty Scams

Recently, a local resident related the following incident. She had paid off her car loan the month prior and received a phone call from a woman noting that her vehicle’s extended warranty — which had been purchased at the time she purchased the car — was going to expire. The caller noted they had sent numerous letters warning of this eventuality and hadn’t heard back from her, so the warranty would expire if she did not renew it that day. When asked … Continued

Census 2020 — Beware of Fraud

April 1, 2020 is the due date for Americans to submit the 2020 U.S. Census. It’s important to note that census scammers will contact people by phone, email, home visits or phony websites. To avoid census scammers please keep the following in mind.

Despite New Safety Technology, Drivers Are Killing More Pedestrians and Cyclists

An increasing number of new vehicles have safety technologies — such as automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, cameras and other sensors designed to help drivers avoid collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 2018 had the lowest fatality rate since 2014 for those driving or riding in cars. However, the NHTSA also reported that the number of pedestrians killed rose 3.4 percent — and was the highest rate since 1990. In addition, the number of cyclists killed rose … Continued

Staying at a Vacation Rental? Here Are a Few Safety Tips.

Spending your vacation at a rental property — rather than a hotel — has grown increasingly popular. It’s important to keep in mind that if you do stay at a rental property, they are not subject to the same safety regulations as a hotel and may not have safety equipment on site. Here are a few things to keep in mind when reserving a rental property.