A pile of trash stacked on the curbside. Seems rather innocent, doesn’t it? Yet you may want to monitor what’s in the trash before you haul it outside. Now is the time of year for gifts, and often, that means receiving big ticket items: flat-screen TVs, gaming systems and other […]
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Oh, the holidays — such a magical time of year! And unfortunately, the latter half of November and December generally see a rise in home burglaries as a result of more people traveling out of town and the temptation of stealing valuable gifts. We’ve designated November as Home Security Month […]
Back during the holidays, I kept hearing PSA spots that were a joint venture from The US Department of Justice, The National Crime Prevention Council, and the Ad Council. They offered really great tips on how to keep your home, your valuables, yourself and your loved ones safe during the […]
We’re pleased to announce the launch of 5 more blogs which will focus on Kitchens, Paint, Green Building, Tools and Home Security. The depth of these categories is huge so we felt they needed their own websites. You can reach these other blogs from the navigation bar at the very […]
Thanks to a tweet from one of Kansas City’s local television stations, I discovered an alternative to deadbolts and locks that’s made right here in the Kansas City metro area. The Doorzipper uses two interlocking metal strips, installed in the door and door jamb, to create a tightly woven seal […]
Growing up, my parents were kind of … neurotic. My mom had a thing about the “fishbowl effect” as she called it — the fact that when it gets dark at night you can see inside people’s houses if the lights are on and the curtains are open. She blames […]
In a deal worth about $2 billion, ADT (owned by Tyco Intl) bought Brink’s Home Security which combines two of the nation’s largest home security companies. Brink’s which operates as Broadview Security provides monitored security systems in North America, and 93 percent of its 1.3 million customers are residential. ADT […]
When I was in 6th grade my parents had a beeper system that I took with me when I left the house to ride my bike in the neighborhood. When it was time to come home for dinner or play time was up they would buzz me. Much like the […]
The Consumer Electronics tradeshow in Las Vegas is a lot to take in and although the gadgets and audio/video components are really the heavy hitters, we did find some jewels that may be helpful for homeowners looking to setup a home security system. Archerfish Video Monitoring This video monitoring system […]
We are headed to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas! This is the largest trade show in the country and there will be a lot of ground to cover. We will be focused on exploring home theater, home networks and high-tech home security options. Are there any other […]
In the first Great Gift Challenge we went with two gardening items that any green thumb could use, a gardening apron and knee pads. Simple accessories that make your time in the garden much more enjoyable. With the holidays approaching and travel likely we need to make sure our homes […]
With so many online outlets to share our “status” we are often tempted to overshare especially when it comes to travel or vacation. Your “trusted” network on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are not as secure as you may think. Web savvy crooks don’t have to work very hard to match […]
Not all dead bolt locks are equal, therefore not all dead bolts will protect you and your property to the same degree. Here are some tips to make sure your dead bolt lock is securely fastened. 1. Stick to Grade 2 or 1 Strength – Dead bolt locks are graded […]
As vacation season approaches, it’s a good idea to re-check the security of your home. Or if you’ve recently moved into a new apartment, let this article from DIYNetwork.com convince you to actually get the locks changed.
Kevin McAllister went to some extreme, albeit hilarious, measures to keep the burglars out of his home, but whether you are gone for a weekend or two weeks it only takes 10 minutes of one evening for a thief to run through your belongings. Remember these guidelines when you leave […]
Most thieves are looking for the easiest score possible so if you take just a few preventative measures to secure your home, a thief will most likely look elsewhere.