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Does Insurance Protect from Protester Damage?

Oftentimes, what starts out as peaceful protests and demonstrations evolves into outright civil unrest that results in local business sustaining significant losses and property damages due to blocked off streets, traffic jams, and crime that may include violence.

Related business forfeitures may include:

  • loss of customers and commerce
  • shattered storefront windows
  • fire destruction
  • vandalism
  • stolen goods

Business Owners Insurance Policy Gives Coverage

With the right type of a Business Owners Insurance Policy, your small business will be protected from the ravages of a protest’s unrest through its included property and general liability coverage. If the coverage also embraces Business Interruption Insurance, the policy shields from income loss and/or additional incurred expenses due to related business suspension.

 

For coverage to be in effect one or all of the following conditions must be met:

  • Enough serious property damage to warrant interruption of operations

  • Incurred damage to surrounding properties, making it difficult for customers and/or workers to gain entry to commercial enterprise

  • Mandated evening curfews and additional restrictions that keep the public from patronizing the business

An experienced independent agency will take the time to explain the benefits of both a named-perils business owners policy as well as an all-risk one. Understanding the fine lines of coverage empowers you to be the educated insurance consumer that guarantees tailored coverage in the event of protester damage.

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Summary: President Donald Trump’s victory and policies have prompted protests in NY, NJ, PA, FL, TX, TN and other places across the nation. Is there insurance that protects the business owner from losses and damages as a result of local civil unrest?


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