When a person adopts the identity of someone else, it is called identity theft. This is a crime that invariably results in grief and financial damages to the victim. In some cases, identity theft can even be deadly. Thieves around the world use the identities of others to commit numerous types of crimes that are...

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We all want our homes to be safe, both for personal safety and financial protection aspects. Everyday emergencies and mishaps happen.We don't all have a neighborhood handyman, and most of us live on a budget. It's important to be able to handle some household maintenance and mishaps on our own. You can help...

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Home security systems provide peace of mind for every type of household. Single people feel more secure knowing that their homes are protected, particularly when they arrive home after dark. Retired people find that a home security system lets them enjoy their independence more during their golden years. And families with...

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Burglars love unoccupied homes because they know they'll have more time to look for --and steal -- the most valuable possessions. When you go out of town, it is important to make your home look lived-in, and to do what you can to keep an eye on your home while you're away. Though technology makes some home security monito...

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Home security today offers many more choices than were available a generation ago. Technological advances have given consumers terrific new devices for protecting their homes. At the same time, lifestyles have changed too. There are far more single-person households, and many...

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If your monitored home security system is installed and maintained properly, you should not have a problem with it going off for no reason. However, false alarms do occur; nationwide, they account for 10 to 25% of calls to police. Many local police departments fine homeowners for false alarms.For example, in Fulton Count...

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Some facts and statistics about home burglaries remain relatively constant over time. For example, according to FBI Uniform Crime Report numbers, 34% of break-ins originate right at the front door of a residence. First-f...

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Increasing numbers of Americans are installing monitored home security systems in their homes. According to the website of the Metropolitan Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (MBFAA) of New York, the number of homes with security systems has increased by nearly 40% over the last five years. Today, around 17% of homes have...

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Pets make great companions, but leaving your pet alone at home can be worrisome. Many people are concerned about the pet escaping or a possible break-in that may endanger their animal's life. Those with home security systems may be worried that their alarms will be tripped if the pet is left alone. However, there are systems that are pet-friendly as well as those can be adjusted to ignore the animal's presence, but detect intruders. In addition, it's essential to practice basic pet safety tips to ensure your friend's well-being....

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The Thanksgiving holiday comes with the promise of fun, family, and food, but it can also bring undue stress and commotion. Cut out some of the chaos by ensuring your home and family stay safe this Thanksgiving. This guide to Thanksgiving safety covers everything from securing your home while you travel to keeping...

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