Most Burglarized U.S. Cities Per Capita

The heat map displays each state’s most burglarized city from greatest (dark red) to least (light red). [Click to expand]     According to FBI data, over 1.5 million burglaries were reported across the United States in 2015. Hopefully, yours wasn’t among the households burgled that year, but your chances of experiencing a break-in might depend

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Home Safety Tips When Hiring Service People

You need a professional to help you with home repairs or renovation, but in most cases, hiring a professional means hiring a stranger. If the prospect frightens you, don’t worry—you can take steps to ensure the professional you invite inside is trustworthy. Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe. Hire Honest Professionals

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5 Ways to Avoid Dangerous Security Scams

In a perfect world, you could trust any salesperson who came to your doorstep. Unfortunately, not everyone who approaches you with a good bargain is exactly who they seem. Every summer, homeowners fall victim to home security system scams and lose hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars to fake salespeople. In a worst-case scenario, a

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Is Your Yard a Burglar’s Paradise?

Your home is your sanctuary. As a place where you gather to relax with friends and family, it should be where you feel the safest. But did you know that your safe haven could also be a target for burglars? Just like your home, your backyard needs extra care to protect you and your family

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When a Stranger Comes Knocking

It can be unsettling when a stranger comes to your front door—especially if you’re home alone. That feeling isn’t unwarranted, as it’s common for intruders to knock on the front door or ring the doorbell to see if anyone’s home before attempting a break-in. Intruders also often pose as salespeople or maintenance professionals in an

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How to Tell if Your ADT Installer Is Real or Fake

It’s an otherwise ordinary Wednesday afternoon, and a man claiming to be an ADT installer is at your door. Is he a genuine ADT representative or a fake? Learning how to tell if an installer is the real deal or a criminal in disguise is vital to the security of your home and your family’s safety. Keep

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5 Holiday Safety Tips

  The holiday season is a time to be jolly and joyful, but it’s also a favorite time of year for thieves. If you aren’t sure what to watch for, things like property damage, theft, and anxiety could put a damper on your holiday celebrations. Here are some tips to get you through the holiday

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6 Common Misconceptions About Home Burglaries

When you hear the word “burglar,” you might picture a cat burglar in all black who sneaks into your house and spirits away your most expensive possessions. But how does that image compare to the reality of most burglaries? We did some research to find out. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about

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Backyard Pool Safety Tips

Your pool is one of your home’s best features, especially in the summer. But in spite of their perks, pools and hot tubs also pose safety risks, especially to young children. Following a few simple safety tips will ensure you enjoy your pool to the fullest and avoid accidents this summer. When Your Pool Is

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Safety Tips for Your Child’s Backyard Playground

Your backyard playground is an area your children should love and enjoy, but they’ll have a harder time doing so if the playground isn’t safe and secure. If you’re thinking of building a new backyard playground, keep the following safety tips in mind: Purchase Age-Appropriate Playground Equipment It might seem more economical to find a

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