Home Security Blog

Burglars are opportunists. They seek out opportunity often to support a drug habit or other uncivil reasons for turning your stuff into cash. Burglaries and burglars come in different flavors, here's a taste. Simple burglary: The act of enteri...

Robert Siciliano

September 23, 2014

Fainting, or "blacking out," has numerous causes. Sometimes the person "comes to" quickly (e.g., the cause is prolonged standing in heat), or the person won't respond (illness), and this kind of cause can be life threatening. Signs someone's ab...

Robert Siciliano

September 18, 2014

One or more security cameras around a home can help improve security and can give the homeowner peace of mind when they're out and about working or traveling. Most electronics stores sell security cameras. There are small models that look like ...

newswriter

September 17, 2014

Many people across the country rely on their home security systems to protect their families and valuables. BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com (BHSC) created a new survey to better understand the decision process people have when buying home security ...

Kate Ward

September 17, 2014

Most people don't give good hard thinking to their capabilities in a physical assault situation. You need not be built like an MMA fighter to know effective self-defense. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of safety. Attackers look for un...

Robert Siciliano

September 16, 2014

Experts estimate that by the end of  2014 smart home systems and services will hit $18 billion. That number doubles, $39 billion, by 2019. ADT and Vivint, running neck and neck, are driving the revenue up. They each have over 800,000 resi...

newswriter

September 12, 2014

Information is shared between businesses, vendors, and researchers all the time to help combat the ever increasing security threats. AT&T has announced a threat intelligence portal for specialists, IT managers, and senior security leaders. ...

newswriter

September 12, 2014

Vivint Solar officially filed with the U.S. regulators last week for an initial public offering of common stock, indicating that solar continues to be a hot option for security companies. Vivint Solar's parent company, Vivint, was bought by the...

newswriter

September 11, 2014

In a few words, there are some issues. But, really, don't worry about it. But be aware of whats going on. So are your home's Internet-connected smart gadgets smart enough to ward off hackers? A research team found that they're pretty dumb in thi...

Robert Siciliano

September 11, 2014

It has been reported that when Comcast upgrades a neighborhood, technicians disconnect any house that is producing line noise. This could be caused by anything from faulty wiring to a loose cable...and then they leave. They leave it up to ...

newswriter

September 09, 2014

When a tiny cardboard box arrived for David Weiss, he was expecting another boring set of technology to help him keep his home safe. Weiss, however, was pleasantly surprised. Inside of the box was a five-inch tall plastic rectangle with an 180...

newswriter

September 09, 2014

Did you hear about the Florida mother who was arrested for letting her son, 7, walk alone to a nearby park? Would you feel comfortable letting a young child walk alone locally? I walked to school at 7. In South Carolina, a woman was charged wit...

Robert Siciliano

September 09, 2014

Despite an anticipated decline in third quarter earnings, ADT stunned Wall Street this third quarter with a relatively impressive increase. Wall Street anticipated a decline of 47 cents per share in the third quarter, but ADT managed to pull of...

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September 08, 2014

Blink Wire-Free HD Home Monitoring & Alert System will start shipping in May of 2015. This is great news for the consumer who will be able to buy the product for just $49. Every model comes with an HD camera with night vision abilities and...

newswriter

September 08, 2014

Transmitting audio and video to your smart phone has been a little tricky in the past. There has not always been user-friendly software available for transmission of audio and video files to and from your smart phone. There is a customer base t...

newswriter

September 08, 2014

Their blue sign is recognized as one of America's most trusted security brands and with over 6 million customers, ADT is clearly doing something right. They've been in business for almost 140 years and are continuing to grow their security empire...

Kate Ward

September 05, 2014

Almost 4.5 million children between the ages of 1-14 years are injured in their homes every year. HomeSafe, the home automation system by Protect America, provides parents with the facts and tips that can help them keep their kids safe. Protec...

newswriter

September 04, 2014

A four-year-old girl witnessed two young men break into her home to commit a robbery. You'd think this would cause some kind of post-traumatic stress disorder, or at least at a minimum, nightmares. But it looks like instead, Abby Dean of Washin...

Robert Siciliano

September 04, 2014

The modern smart home for the user has been a frustrating fragmented experience. Right now, the consumer is forced to "pick sides" whether that be with  Lowes' Iris, Quirky Wink or Belkin WeMo. Customers have had to sacrifice other...

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September 03, 2014

If ever there were a heartless robber, it's the one (or two/three?) who stole a little dog named Pepper, a schnauzer-poodle mix, as part of their burglary in New Jersey. Barbara August, the homeowner, said, "I'm devastated-I keep thinking I'm s...

Robert Siciliano

September 02, 2014

Gee, even the rich and famous can be burglarized. Recently a man apparently broke into the West Los Angeles home of Sandra Bullock; he'd also been stalking her. He pleaded not guilty to the charges which include weapons possession-one of the wea...

Robert Siciliano

August 28, 2014

Think you know all the safety/security tips there are to know? I have 10 that some people never consider. GPS fake-out. Your GPS should be set with either a fictitious address or one near your home, maybe city hall. This way, a person who brea...

Robert Siciliano

August 26, 2014

A few bungling burglars will be paying lots of time for their crime: one in prison and one six feet under. The surviving robber has been charged with the death of his alleged accomplice, even though the accomplice was shot dead by the owner of ...

Robert Siciliano

August 21, 2014

If you watch enough court TV, you'll know that there's a lot of unscrupulous home improvement contractors out there. Don't be shy about asking several potential contractors many questions: How many projects like the one I want have you comple...

Robert Siciliano

August 19, 2014

Some may remember the James Kim case out of Oregon in December 2006. Kim inadvertently chose an old logging road while driving home, getting lost in the woods. He left his wife and two young kids in the vehicle while he sought help, promising to...

Robert Siciliano

August 14, 2014

It's well-worth your time and money to make a burglar's job very difficult. Employ the following home security tips: Lock up! How many times have you read about a home intruder who "entered through an unlocked window"? Keep your windows and doo...

Robert Siciliano

August 12, 2014

Security camera footage from San Jose Airport shows a woman with no ticket or boarding pass sneaking through the security checkpoint and onto a plane headed for Los Angeles. A 62-year old named Marilyn Hartman was arrested Monday after the Sout...

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August 08, 2014

We have all heard of Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, but what about Eugene Polley or Don Linder? Most people who invented the gadgets and technologies we all use every day are virtually unknown; basically, they are hidden in relative o...

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August 07, 2014

An online picture is worth revealing your home address even if the image is a close-up of your preschooler's curls. Data that's embedded in the pictures can reveal the home location, thanks to traces left by the imaging devices. This data is ca...

Robert Siciliano

August 07, 2014

Rosoboronexport, a state-owned Russian company, has proposed a comprehensive security systems environment for Latin American countries that can apply to many countries/states. The "Safe City" program would be for states, major administrative en...

newswriter

August 05, 2014