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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How Do Burglars Decide Which Homes to Target?

Tips for Protecting Your Home from Burglars In 2016, there were nearly eight million property crimes in the US, resulting in $15.6 billion worth of losses. If you’ve ever wondered how burglars decide which homes to target, read on. We dive into this subject and provide you with all the information you need to reduce

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Securing the Vulnerable Entry Points in Your Home

According to the FBI crime report, one third of all burglaries occur through unforced entry. One out of every three break-ins could be prevented by simply locking your doors and windows, and properly securing your spare keys. Locking up is free, and a good lockbox for your spare key only costs about $20. Considering the

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Is Your Garage Vulnerable to Theft?

Garages are particularly vulnerable to burglaries because they are not inhabited and are often overlooked by homeowners trying to protect their homes from an invasion. Some burglars are so bold, in fact, they’ve actually pulled moving vans and trucks into easily-accessible garages, emptied the houses of all the things they wanted, and left undetected by

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How to Stay Safe at Home During a Power Outage

Over on Home Security Source there’s a great article about staying safe at home during a power outage. Among some of the tips: If power is lost for more than 24 hours throw out all food in the refrigerator to avoid food poisoning. And never use candles or open flames for light or heat. Stock

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The Top 20% of Ways to Make Your Home Green

There are a lot of green home tips out there on the web. There’s Top 10 Ways to Make Your Home Green, The 10 easiest ways to green your home, and 9 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient, just to name a few. Everyone wants to save money, and a good number of

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The First 7 Things You Should Do After Buying a Home

Homeownership is awesome, no doubt about it. But it can also come with a lot of headaches, especially if your dream home turns out to be a money pit. However, there are a few things you should do as soon as your buy a home to ensure that everything is properly taken care of and

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What to Do After Signing the Purchase Contract on a New Home

Once you’ve found your dream home, have negotiated a price with the seller (or rather through the seller’s real estate agent), and signed the real estate purchase contract, what do you do? You’ve already indicated that you intend to purchase the house, and the seller can’t accept any other offers once you’ve both signed, so

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New Home Tips from Four of the Best Experts

Buying a new home is without a doubt one of the biggest (and most stressful) purchases you will ever make. There is an endless amount of paperwork to sign, you have to drain your savings account to cover the down payment and simply the thought of making such a large purchase may leave your heading

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In Plain Sight: While You Were Sleeping

In the third installment of In Plain Sight, we sneak a peek into the bedroom, where there’s far more to fear than monsters under the bed. The walls: Lead paint is common in homes built before 1980. Especially hazardous for children, lead poisoning has been linked to nervous system damage, kidney damage, stunted growth, and

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