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OII members go beyond claims-handling after Hurricane Matthew

HurricaneMatthewHurricane Matthew was one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recent history. Although hurricane season is officially over, insurers remain in recovery mode, focused on getting communities and customers back on their feet. For many companies, helping out in affected areas extends well beyond the claims handling process. In this edition of OII Insurance Matters, we highlight some of our members’ efforts that support, serve and educate in Matthew’s aftermath. (VIEW POST)

NICB: Ohio scrap metal theft claims are down but…
Source: The Drum

Source: The Drum

(Nov. 17, 2016) The good news: Ohio scrap metal thefts are down.
The bad news: Ohio is still tops in the nation for metal theft claims.
The NICB report for 2013-15 shows Ohio metal theft claims dropped nearly 9 percent from last year’s report for 2012-14.
According to the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII), Ohio metal thefts are at their lowest point since 2010. In 2015, 1,070 metal thefts were reported statewide. OII notes that between 2014 and 2015, Ohio metal theft claims declined nearly 30 percent, besting the US decline of 23 percent. (VIEW RELEASE)

A dozen uses for TIKE child safety stickers

tike stickerSince its start, OII has distributed close to 3/4 of a million TIKE emergency info car seat stickers. We’ve focused our efforts on families, safety groups, insurers, doctors, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency responders and countless others who share our common interest in child safety. TIKE stickers provide identifying info to emergency personnel should a crash disable the adults in the vehicle. The neon green sticker is placed on a child’s car or booster seat, and includes an emergency contact and the child’s medical information.
The feedback we receive on our program keeps us going. Over the years, TIKE families and friends have shared how they are using them. We’ve been so inspired by these responses that in this edition of OII Insurance Matters we share 12 creative uses sent to us from program supporters. (VIEW POST)

Theft of vehicles with keys left inside on the rise in Ohio & US

CarKey(November 2, 2016) The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports one in eight vehicle thefts in 2015 was an easy steal. That’s because the driver left keys inside the stolen vehicle. It’s a growing problem in Ohio and the US. NICB reports that between 2013-15, theft of vehicles with keys left inside increased by 31 percent.
Ohio ranks fourth highest in the US for these thefts during the 2013-15 reporting period, and an Ohio metro area made the top 10 list of US cities for vehicle thefts with keys. OII provides a statewide and top Ohio cities report on these thefts. (VIEW RELEASE)

OII members share winterizing tips for home & safety

GutterCleaningFall is a spectacular time of year. Unfortunately it’s also the precursor to winter, when harsh temps and severe blasts of snow, wind and ice can take a toll on our homes and our safety. In this edition of OII Insurance Matters, our members share tips to prepare for the winter months ahead.
Reminder: Ohio Winter Safety Awareness Week is Nov. 13 – 19. OII partners with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, National Weather Service, Ohio Department of Insurance and other state agencies to provide seasonal safety info through the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness. (VIEW POST)

A closer look at Ohio’s auto & homeowners premium trends

PremTrend(Oct. 6, 2016) Ohio’s average 2015 homeowners insurance premium hike was 1.5% and auto premiums rose 2.3%, according to today’s report from the Ohio Department of Insurance. These are some of the lowest increases in recent years. OII takes an in-depth look at Ohio’s premium trends to help consumers understand the current insurance environment and factors affecting it. (VIEW REPORT)

Check out OII’s new insurance careers video

MapfreBig things are in store for OII’s Insurance Careers site as the first US recipient of the Fundación MAPFRE International Insurance Award. This edition of OII Insurance Matters features our video highlighting Ohio’s insurance career challenges and how this award enables us to expand our outreach to attract new talent to the variety of jobs available in Ohio and across the US. (VIEW POST)

Ohio’s insurance industry in a major growth spurt

OII-IIIO-Brochure-2016-WSThere’s a lot to love about Ohio’s insurance industry. In fact, it’s experiencing one of the biggest growth spurts this state has ever seen. From job growth and employment opportunities to its impact on Ohio’s bottom line, this edition of OII Insurance Matters takes a look at its overall impact featuring highlights from the 2016 edition of Insurance in Ohio. (VIEW POST)