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As a kid, Home Alone filled my head with great ideas to protect the house from burglars. Top tactics included overly iced steps, hot door handles, trip lines, and flying paint cans. Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on the creativity of an 8 year old. Today, we have advanced home security and ADT alarm system technology to help protect our homes.

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Spring break is one of the best times to go on vacation and get away from it all. While enjoying a quick getaway is relaxing, you need to make sure that your house and everything in it are safe. There are many things you can do to help ensure that your home and all of your possessions are safe while you're gone. Here ...

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You’ve probably seen panic buttons before. Under bank clerk desks and behind convenience store counters are two of the more common places to see them. Panic buttons are designed to send a direct signal to authorities that you’re under distress and need immediate help. Most are silent to those nearby, meaning you can c...

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Do you have a home security system? How long have you had it? What kinds of life changes have occurred since you had it installed? Those life changes—a new job further away, kids, a different financial situation, and so on—typically prompt questions about lifestyle. Part of that discussion should cover home security. ...

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When you move into a shared apartment, you have more than just yourself to think about. While it takes some time getting used to living with other people, one thing that needs to be discussed right away is home security. This means deciding on the right amount and type of security, as well as maintaining points of con...

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The holidays may be over, but the gifts you received have found their places within your home. Some of these new things are important to you because they’ve come from the people you love. That said, protecting them comes down to maintaining security measures to help make sure that no burglars find out about them. Here...

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There are few things better than curling up around a fireplace with a good book during the winter. But what you need to remember is that fire is extremely dangerous and should be used with caution. Part of being cautious is making sure your fireplace and chimney are ready for flames. Many people don't know that heatin...

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You know how you have to find a place to tuck your keys away when you go out for a run? If you install an electronic lock, the days of tucking your house key into a small pocket in your gym shorts, hiding it in your shoe, or having a key hidden outdoors are over. This is just one of the small perks of an electronic do...

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February 14th is just around the corner, so now’s the time to decorate your house with fun do- it-yourself projects that will get the whole family involved and will make the house feel more festive. You don’t necessarily need to buy decorations or food that’s already Valentine’s Day- themed. Instead, you can use thing...

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House fires are the most common during the winter months and there are reasons why. During this time of year, people use items like space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces to stay warm and cozy. Unfortunately, it’s possible that their efforts aren’t as safe as one would expect. House fires can happen when you least ...

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With storms hitting the Midwest and the East Coast this winter, people are likely facing power outages; and the thing to keep in mind is that your typical security measures won’t necessarily be in place when those outages hit. That and power outages mean that burglars may be more likely to come to your house/apartment...

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When you’re filling out paperwork for your job, your medical office, or your security provider, you’re typically asked to provide a contact person. We all know these people are the ones who should be called in the case of an emergency or when someone is trying to get a hold of you and can’t seem to reach you. It’s usu...

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Water damage is one of the most common homeowner insurance claims. Often, frozen pipes lead to leaks, which will cause all kinds of water damage in your home. If you're on vacation during the winter and this happens, the water damage can become extremely se...

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