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Report: Adjusted Police Salaries by State

  Over 700,000 Americans have devoted themselves to the police workforce, putting their lives on the line to protect and serve the citizens they represent. Law enforcement officers are often the first responders in the face of an accident, emergency, or tragedy, yet despite their dedicated service, they often find themselves in a pay bracket

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Gun Background Checks by State

For several hundred years, local and national legislation has attempted to balance the constitutional right to carry guns with the requirement that gun owners use them lawfully. This balance is struck through background checks processed via the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Your Local Security (YLS) looked at the evolution of the

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Children’s Safety Guide: 9 Ways You Can Keep Your Kids Secure at Home

Leaving your children home alone can be scary, but with today’s technology, there are more ways than ever to keep your family safe. We put together this list of nine safety tips every parent should know before leaving their child home alone. Use these tips to help keep your young ones safe.   Childproof Your

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Safest & Most Dangerous Metro Areas for Trick or Treating

Want a Treat instead of a Trick on Halloween this year? The team at YourLocalSecurity.com (YLS) did some research to determine which US metro areas are the safest to take your costume-cloaked kiddos around the neighborhood with their pumpkin pails in 2018. The team analyzed four data points—percent of trick-or-treaters, pedestrian car deaths, violent crime

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Crime Trends in the US: Which 50 Cities Have the Most Dramatic Changes

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Which US cities are getting more dangerous over time? Which are getting safer? The team at YLS tracked down FBI crime trends from 2006 to 2016 to determine which US cities have seen the sharpest increases and decreases in crime over the past ten years. Check out the below crime map to see how your

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Most Common Scams by State

Debt collection scams and fraudulent robocalls are on the rise in the US, with millions of Americans targeted annually by scam artists. In fact, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data shows there were nearly 2.7 million reports of scams in 2017 alone. In honor of National Safety Month, the team at Your Local Security dug into

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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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Your Guide to the Nation’s 25 Safest Universities—Plus the Safest Campus in Each State

  In a perfect world, academics and career goals could be your top priorities in choosing a university. However, safety is fast becoming a determining factor for future students and their parents and guardians. Luckily, your resources are broader than breaking news reports on school scandals. Below, we’ve tallied the top 25 safest schools in

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Secure Your Trash Cans, Secure Your Identity

When was the last time you asked Siri or Google a question? Whether you were searching for a random fact or something slightly more important, many of us expect the internet to provide us with limitless information. What we’d often like to deny, however, is how much of our personal information is also tangled up

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Protecting Your Property in the Age of Social Media

The explosion of social media has enabled the almost instantaneous spread of information. Apps like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—among others—are valuable tools for mobilizing thoughts and actions. They allow people to maintain networks and associations that might otherwise be lost. However, it is not without its dangers. Social media has now existed long enough for

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