Archive | February, 2016

Top Tips for Child Car Seats


As an adult with a car, you’ve been used to getting in the car, jetting off to your destinations, with little to no time needed before setting off. With a little one (or ones!), it’s just not that simple. That cumbersome car seat is a crucial and lifesaving device for your child, and installment is half the battle. The mess of straps and conflicting best practices—not to mention the kicking toddler—can make the child car seat more of a hassle than it may seem worth. But it’s definitely worth it! Here are a few quick tips about car seat safety and use: Continue Reading →

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Chip and Pin: What You Need to Know

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If you’ve had an experience similar to most, your debit or credit card recently stopped working, requiring you to activate a new one—this one with an EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) microchip. If you haven’t yet, just wait—you will by the end of the year.

The temporary hassle of exchanging cards is well worth the newly heightened protection of your credit/debit card information. Once a thief has hands on your card, he or she can make a “copy” of your card. They swipe it, make the copy, and carry it off to make fraudulent purchases. The embedded microchip codes for a one-use transaction, making it much harder than the magnetic strip for thieves to duplicate. Continue Reading →

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Crime Up In the O.C.: How to Prevent Car Break-Ins


Last week we discussed how crime has risen in the Orange County area, the most in Costa Mesa. In that city, stolen vehicles are up by 52 percent! In our last blog, we talked about how to prevent your home from being burglarized, and today we’re going to talk about how to prevent car break-ins or theft.

A lot of these tips are common sense, but they are easy to forget as we go about our day-to-day lives. Late to an appointment, you may forget to roll your windows up all the way; or when going to an event or dinner, you may find limited parking options and leave your car in a dark area of the street.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read through this list so you can keep them front of mind—especially this weekend. It’s Superbowl Sunday, and most criminals won’t be watching the game, they’ll be taking advantage of everyone being very distracted. That means all of you who aren’t watching the game, too—if you’re heading to the mall or the gym, your car may be a target too.

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