Why Americans are Scared to Travel

by Scott Bay on March 16, 2018

Travel, Fears, Danger, Adventure, Globe Trotting, Travel Fears


It’s no secret that hurtling in a metal tube at 600 mph, 30,000 feet into Earth’s atmosphere can make hearts race. But what else makes people’s palms sweat when planning their next vacation?

The team at Your Local Security looked at the top travel fears according to 25 travel experts, then dug into Google Search Trends data to pinpoint Americans’ biggest travel woes. Take a look at some of the most common travel fears in the US, and read on for tips on how to tame those anxieties when embarking on your next adventure.

Americans’ Top Traveling Fears:

5 Travel Fears, American Travel Fears, Fear, Travel, Food, Natural Disaster, Getting Sick, Language Barrier, Assault

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ADT’s Advances in Home Automation

by Erica Mace on March 11, 2018

ADT Advances in Automation

How ADT is Creating Safe and Smart Homes

Boasting over 140 years of experience in the world of home security, ADT is a well-oiled machine. Approximately seven million customers depend on ADT for their safety needs, though until recently, many of those customers had to go elsewhere to create the smart home of their dreams. That’s about to change, however, thanks to ADT’s recent push to integrate home automation with its traditional security options.

Below, we talk about an app that pairs with smart home products to offer increased control and safety when you’re at home or on the move.


ADT Pulse®

This app isn’t technically new. It launched in 2013, which means it’s got five years of bug fixes and performance improvements under its belt. Now, it’s the hub of ADT home automation and allows you to control just about everything from your cellular device, tablet, computer, and other home devices.


Smart Doorbell and Surveillance Cameras

Easily one of the most popular smart home gadgets, the doorbell camera is a win for everyone. ADT partners with Ring® to bring you an HD video with night vision and a two-way speaker, making it versatile and extremely convenient.

No matter where you are, the ADT Pulse® app can pipe your voice to your front door, allowing you to see and interact with visitors. Even better, ADT Pulse® keeps a history for you, should you need to look back at any footage.

Those capabilities don’t stop at the door. ADT Pulse® also allows you to view and monitor live video feed from any of your home surveillance cameras. See something concerning? Take images of what you see or save a video clip to your portal.


Smart Lights

Automated interior and exterior lights can be easily controlled from this app. Use the scheduling tool to turn your lights on just before coming home or to mimic your habits while you’re on vacation. If you’re looking for something even more flexible, try dimming the lights in certain rooms using your phone.


Smart Door Locks and Garage Door

Thanks to the Kwikset SmartCode lock, the ADT Pulse® app can communicate with your front, back, or side door at any time, from anywhere. The Kwikset lock features an illuminated keypad, a 128-bit security encryption, and several finishes to add to aesthetic appeal. Use it to let people into your house when you’re not there, or receive notifications when individuals with the code enter the house.


Smart Thermostat

This feature is even smart for your utility bills because it lets you control your home’s temperature more easily. With the Nest® Learning Thermostat, your HVAC system discerns your preferred temperatures at certain times of the day. It auto-tunes the temperature, keeps record of your energy usage, and even suggests what temperature is most energy efficient.


Whether you’re looking for home security, home automation, or an on-the-go safety net, ADT has something to offer. Take a look and see if ADT Pulse or any of the associated products could be your way into a safe, smart home.

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How to Protect Your Rental Property

by Erica Mace on March 5, 2018

Protect Your Rental Property with Proper Security

Buying property is one of the best ways to invest and get a return on your money.

If you’re stepping into the real estate world hoping for a safe investment, be aware that safety, financial or otherwise, won’t come easily. In fact, the US Department of Justice found that “households living in rental properties experienced higher rates of burglary.” It’s just one of the risks.

The Department of Justice also funded a nationwide landlord training program entitled Keeping Illegal Activity out of Rental Property that focuses largely on preventing the production, consumption, and sale of illegal drugs on privately owned rental properties. Clearly, our government is concerned about the crime surrounding rental properties, and we’re guessing you feel the same.

There’s no reason to feel overwhelmed, though. That dream of a secure rental is within reach, but it will require some work. Just use the following tips to create a rental property safe for both you and your tenants.

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