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Are You Making These Common Home Security Mistakes?

Bills & Junk MailHome security systems can offer you great protection, but even the most advanced system cannot completely override human error. If you want to keep burglars out, do your best to avoid these common security mistakes:

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When You Should Change Your Door Locks

When You Should Change Your Door LocksAlthough the best way to protect your family and your valuables is by installing a home security system, changing the locks on your doors is also an important safety measure that you shouldn’t overlook.

If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to getting new or at least re-keying the existing locks.

That doesn’t mean you have to change your door locks on a regular basis the way you have to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Rather, there are certain times when you should consider replacing or re-keying the locks on your doors, including:

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The 6 Worst Places To Hide Your Valuables

The 6 Worst Places To Hide Your ValuablesContrary to popular opinion, hiding your family jewels or other valuables in unusual places won’t keep the bad guys from stealing them—but it might make it a little more difficult.

You can be sure if a burglar breaks into your home, he’s going to tear it apart trying to find all your valuable items. However, he’s probably not too keen on spending a whole lot of time ransacking the place.

The longer it takes, the greater the chance he’s going to be caught. So don’t make it easy by hiding your money or your expensive items in the spots where he’ll look first.

Here are the six worst places to hide your valuables:

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How To Make Your Home Hard To Hack

How To Make Your Home Hard To HackIf you think a bad guy has to physically break into your home to steal from you, you might want to think again. As more devices in your home become connected to the Internet—the Internet of Things (IoT)—the more data they can gather about you like Social Security numbers, bank account, and credit card information.

That’s why cybercriminals are turning their attention to hacking into common household devices, including refrigerators, TVs, thermostats, and even baby monitors to crack your home network and gain access to valuable personal information.

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Home Safety and Security Tips for First-Time Parents

AA-Home Safety and Security Tips for First-Time ParentsCongratulations. You’ve just welcomed your first bundle of joy to the world. Now it’s time to take him or her home for the first time.

You’re a little overwhelmed—that’s understandable. You were so hoping the hospital would send you home with an instruction manual chock full of tips and information on the baby’s first year. You need answers and fast. Now you’ll have to order that manual on Amazon and wait for it to arrive.

Nevertheless, you’re relieved that such a book even exists because you need all the help you can get.

However, until that book arrives, we’d like to offer some tips to help ensure that your home is as safe as it can be for your little one:

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How to Stay Safe Living Alone

Living by yourself has its benefits. You can watch what you want on television and you don’t have to worry about a roommate pouring the last drop of milk on his cereal or leaving a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.

However, living alone also poses some safety risks. Here are six simple ways to help you protect yourself if you live alone.

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5 Security Tips for Your Apartment

5 Security Tips for Your ApartmentSome people may think that burglars are more interested in robbing single-family homes, that’s just not the case. In fact, apartments are 85 percent more likely to get burglarized than one-family homes, according to the National Crime Prevention Council.

Of course, your landlord should ensure that your apartment is safe and secure, but it’s still important for you to take the necessary steps to avoid being a victim.

Here are five tips to ensure your apartment is secure:

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Beat the Burglar: Tips from New England Law Enforcement

Beat the Burglar: Tips from New England Law Enforcement In New Canaan, CT, police are dealing with a rash of burglaries. Bold criminals are stealing electronics, watches and jewelry from homes in broad daylight, leaving homeowners both frustrated and afraid: could they be next?

To help combat the problem, the New Canaan police department has created a list of “Beat the Burglar” tips: here’s their best advice for keeping your home secure, no matter where you live.

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5 Benefits of Home Security Cameras

5 Benefits of Home Security CamerasNot so long ago, many people couldn’t afford to install security cameras in addition to their home security systems. Now, however, advances in technology, including in video cameras, video recorders, and networking capabilities, have made video surveillance systems affordable and appropriate for home use.

Security/surveillance cameras let you view the inside and/or the outside of your home – anytime and whenever you want. Integrating video into your home security system enables you to view any area of your property, from any television or computer in the home.

Installing these cameras in your home can beneficial for a number of reasons including:

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6 Tips for a Safe and Fun Family Road Trip

5 Tips for a Safe and Fun Family Road TripYou and your family have been mapping out your route for months. Now you’ve packed your suitcases, set your home security alarm, and you’re ready to hit the open road.

Before you and your family set off, here are six tips to ensure you and your family have a safe and fun-filled trip. Read more