Capital Insurance Group and The Protector Network Host Community Safety Saturday

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Central Valley families enjoy a day filled with fun, prizes and life-saving information.

We were able to give good information out about child safety, family safety, identity theft and teen dating.

On April 24, Capital Insurance Group (CIG) Central Valley Insurance Agency teamed up with the California Highway Patrol, Visalia Police Department and Z104.9 FM to host the first-ever Community Safety Saturday. This free event, aimed at raising awareness of child automobile safety, attracted more than 100 Central Valley residents.

The goal, in keeping with CIG’s company philosophy, was to build a relationship with, and assume its responsibility to, the local neighborhood. “I can’t help but think that we might have actually prevented future injury to at least one of the precious children of this community—and that makes it all worth it,” exclaimed Central Valley Insurance Advisor Dee Dean.

To accomplish this, CIG teamed up with the California Highway Patrol. The CHP established a child safety seat check where Public Affairs Officer Scott Harris could inspect child safety and booster seats and instruct parents on the proper usage of these life-saving restraints. Despite states’ efforts to educate the public, an astonishing number of parents still put their children at risk with improperly installed or broken car seats. Officer Harris was able to demonstrate their correct installation and usage and was even able to exchange broken car seats with brand new ones.

Since child safety was the goal, officers from the Visalia Police Department set up a booth to create photo ID cards for the children and to give away fingerprinting kits. In addition, children received free family activities books. “This was a great event,” said Visalia Police Department’s Crime Prevention Coordinator Angie de Alba. “We were able to give good information out about child safety, family safety, identity theft and teen dating.”

Children enjoyed face painting and lucky participants received CDs and gift certificates awarded by local radio station Z104.9 FM. Radio personality Lisa Hamilton, who broadcast live from the Carmel Plaza location, provided music, entertainment and prizes with the Z104.9 FM “Spin and Win Wheel.” Other prizes included a bluetooth headset, emergency camera kit, pocket radio and entertainment savings certificates given away by CIG through raffle drawings every half hour. CIG also gave away a reusable tote bag to each family.

“This was the first of many community events we’ll host with The Protector Network and Capital Insurance Group,” said Phil Oliver of Central Valley Insurance Agency.

The event was as unique as its co-sponsor, The Protector Network, a first-of-its-kind safety, security and savings benefits program. All CIG clients receive a complimentary membership in The Protector Network, which provides services, tools and products to help protect families, homes, autos and businesses.

“As an insurance advisor, one of the most rewarding experiences is to know our policy clients are safe and secure—well protected for those worst case scenarios,” commented Scott Bosler of CIG Central Valley. “We would like nothing more than for everyone in our community to be safe and secure.”

Major sponsor CIG is a forward-looking modern insurance company focused on its responsibility to the safety and security of its clients and Western communities through a customized approach to insurance needs, superior response, leading-edge communications technology and partnerships with outstanding CIG Insurance Advisors. The Protector Network is the West’s leading authority for safety and security and is currently available in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Arizona.

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