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Dorm contents insurance

MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,885Registered User Senior Member
edited August 2010 in University of Alabama
I've posted a thread on the parents forum and gotten some responses.

Was curious what the Bama group is doing to have insurance coverage on their kids' possessions while at Bama.

Are you just going to let your homeowners take care of it, or do any of you have a policy with companies geared toward college student property theft: laptops, ipods.

Hoping to get feedback/recommendations from those who have gotten dorm insurance or are planning to this year.

Thanks for any info.
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  • AL34AL34 Posts: 1,972Registered User Senior Member
    interesting question this is one we have not even considered. Guess we are using whatever coverage is available on our homeowners. Not like there's a lot of valuable inventory other than the TV and laptop, and if those were stolen/damaged at home I know we wouldn't file for them. Hmmmmm...
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,701Registered User Senior Member
    The honors dorms don't have a theft issue.
  • MikeWozowskiMikeWozowski Posts: 3,240Registered User Senior Member
    that's good news!
  • MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,885Registered User Senior Member
    I'm sure the honors dorm doesn't have a theft issue, but if you attended Bama Bound, the officer did mention 60 laptops being stolen during move in. It would be naive to think one is "safe" just because of your surroundings. Thieves are opportunistic "predators", and it's better to be safe than sorry. Of course, we need to teach our kids to practice "safety", ie, locking doors, keeping valuables locked up, being aware of your surroundings.

    But back to the original post, I'm thinking just using our homeowners, too, but I didn't know if there was something in place at Bama for students to sign up for.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,701Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think Bama has any kind of insurance plan for these things.

    I'm not sure if there is a big cost benefit to having a special plan - except maybe for the laptop - which probably can be a "rider" on your home insurance. Our deductible is $500, so if an iPod is stolen, there's not going to be a claim.
  • MikeWozowskiMikeWozowski Posts: 3,240Registered User Senior Member
    there is a locking drawer on the desk/file cabinet?

    does one need to bring a lock or is it keyed?
  • AL34AL34 Posts: 1,972Registered User Senior Member
    DS has a laptop-sized dorm safe that attached to a bedpost from the inside. Only got it because it was like $19 special when we were buying something else. I know they have them at Target. As to if he's going to use it? Not likely.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,701Registered User Senior Member
    I bought my son a laptop lock from Costco 3 years ago, and he never used it. LOL

    Most kids just aren't to lock up their laptops up all the time.

    An honors student can lock his bedroom. Isn't that enough?
  • MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,885Registered User Senior Member
    Update:

    Just called my homeowners', and as long as student is in oncampus housing, he's covered up to 10K. Didn't bother to ask about deductible.

    If he/she rents an apartment off campus, they'll have to get renter's insurance.

    And agree, mom, if they lock their door, with their laptop inside, it should be safe.

    Just good to know you're covered in case of theft.

    As always, be aware of your surroundings.

    AL, that sounds like a cool device. I think my husband got son a laptop lock, but that thing at Target does sound neat. Thanks for the info.
  • SEA_tideSEA_tide Posts: 3,632Registered User Senior Member
    Since the possessions one normally has in a dorm room are of a relatively small value, it seems best to just use one's homeowner's insurance and self-insure for what it doesn't cover. The honors dorms are very safe and since your child will have their own locked bedroom, the chance of theft from their room is very small.
  • feenotypefeenotype Posts: 2,300Registered User Senior Member
    The honors dorms don't have a theft issue.

    Because honor students don't steal things? That sounds awfully naive if you ask me.
    locking doors

    This is a must. On several instances, I have gone to those suite-style residence halls to visit somebody and accidentally walked into a wrong suite where the suite door was unlocked and nobody was inside when I've gone inside.
  • ldinctldinct Posts: 1,810Registered User Senior Member
    S got his laptop stolen on the last day of school this year (Jr) at his private school. Although laptop was worth $2K, it wasn't worth a homeowners claim - there was a $500 deductable and if anything else happened our rates would go up substantially and might even affect car insurance rates, so we didn't want to take the chance. So, we have laptop insurance now. That is an option, although for when S goes to college we will look into some additional insurance as he has a lot of expensive photo equipment.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,701Registered User Senior Member
    The honors dorms don't have a theft issue.


    I wrote that because there isn't a theft problem in the honors dorms. I'm not saying that there has never been anything stolen. But, in the 3 years that my older son has been there and one year that younger son has been there, they haven't known anyone to have anything stolen from their dorms. They've been in Riverside, Lakeside, and Ridgecrest.

    And, yes, I would say that honors students are less likely to steal. That's not that unusual.
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