Home Security Blog

As far as home burglaries go, there is perhaps no story more infamous than that of the "Bling Ring." Much of that infamy is thanks in part to the fact that the group of robbers known as the Bling Ring was recently portrayed in the 2013 film, The...

Guest Writer

April 02, 2014

Home security is something that you can't take lightly. Defending your home from intruders and threats extends even into the backyard. It's not just a concept that begins at your front door. Your backyard can be a very vulnerable area because it...

Guest Writer

March 31, 2014

A simple yet comprehensive guide to staying safe when meeting a stranger in person or dealing with one online. I have been involved in the security industry for years, and one of the most common questions I get is how to be safe when meeting a ...

Robert Siciliano

March 27, 2014

As a security and safety expert, I often lecture about all the facets of a kidnapping. There are three basic stages or phases of the kidnapping experience. The Lure Kidnappers premeditate and pre-calculate every move. Months of planning could ...

Robert Siciliano

March 25, 2014

I'm a home security expert and have given many speeches on how to protect your home from an invasion, but one of the topics that doesn't seem to get much attention is the possibility of a heart attack being triggered in an elderly homeowner by t...

Robert Siciliano

March 20, 2014

As a security analyst, I have always endorsed getting a dog for home protection. I'm going to provide some tips on what to look for in a home security dog, but first I want to briefly share a riveting true story that was reported on Madison.com....

Robert Siciliano

March 13, 2014

As a safety and security expert, I love to speak on the topic of survival. There are all sorts of circumstances that can threaten your survival, but common threads run through them all. Here are survival tips you can apply to any kind of threate...

Robert Siciliano

March 11, 2014

Having been a home security expert for years, I am always amazed at how dumb criminals could be, but there's always a homeowner they can outwit, such as in the case below: A man burglarized two houses in Marshalltown, Iowa, and then sold the lo...

Robert Siciliano

March 06, 2014

Yes, you can protect your home without a gun. Having been in the security industry for many years, I have instructed homeowners on proven ways to protect their home without using a firearm. Here are proven ways to protect your home without a gun...

Robert Siciliano

March 04, 2014

It's a home invasion if you're home. If you're away it's a burglary. When an intruder breaks in at night, he's expecting some confrontation. But the resident should try to evade a confrontation-even if it's broad daylight. How do Criminals work...

Robert Siciliano

February 27, 2014

Ever consider using plants to deter an intruder? No, not smashing a cactus into his face, (but that's an option) but growing thorn-bearing tress, shrubs and vines outside your house. The reasons these plants have thorns is to protect them from p...

Robert Siciliano

February 25, 2014

2013 has been a most voluminous year for gun deaths in the U.S. January Oklahoma: Four women were shot to death in their apartment during a robbery. New Mexico: Nehemiah Gringo, 15, apparently used an AR-15 to take out his entire family, inc...

Robert Siciliano

February 20, 2014

Ever consider the idea that a home intruder may force you to turn off your home alarm? Ever think that there's a way you could secretly signal this to the authorities when you turn off the alarm while your captor is watching? There is: the alar...

Robert Siciliano

February 18, 2014

A reverse peephole viewer is exactly what the words sound like: It reverses the effects of a peephole, meaning it allows you to see inside, from the outside. The viewer's lenses reverse the effect of the peephole's convex lenses, and easily fit ...

Robert Siciliano

February 14, 2014

Hi, I'm Robert Siciliano personal and home expert with BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com today discussing false alarms Unfortunately, cheaper, older security motion detectors can't distinguish between a 150 pound man and a squirrel or even some...

Robert Siciliano

February 12, 2014

A connected home is one in which appliances and accessories are connected to the Internet. An example would be a refrigerator that texts the homeowner when the eggs are about to run out (the egg tray has the sensor). It's projected that a conne...

Robert Siciliano

February 11, 2014

Last week we received a customer review that differed from any other review we've had. The field tech going by the user handle "TechOnEdge" wrote us a review on the Comcast review page. Here's what they wrote: As a field tech I do residential vid...

Bryan Lovgren

February 10, 2014

In the wee hours of the morning in Colorado Springs, a 14 year old girl was shot dead by her father as she climbed through a window because he mistook her for an intruder. She died at the hospital from gunshot wounds. When the news broke of thi...

Robert Siciliano

February 06, 2014

Remember the "Bling Ring"? There was a movie, based on a true story, made about these L.A. kids who would seek out celebrities like Paris Hilton online and see what they were buying based on photos the celebs took of themselves...and they'd also c...

Robert Siciliano

February 05, 2014

Crime doesn't pay-especially when you can't read. A man in Chicago spent seven minutes disabling a lock on a local bars door, then kept trying to pull the door open even though a sticker on it said "PUSH." Now that's a dumb criminal, because eve...

Robert Siciliano

February 04, 2014

No matter how many food and supplies you have saved up for an emergency. It's all pointless you don't know what to do in an actual emergency situation. The most important thing is the safety of you and your loved ones so having a plan and practi...

Guest Writer

February 03, 2014

Unfortunately, cheaper, older security motion detectors can't distinguish between a 150 pound man and a squirrel or even some papers blowing around. This causes police and firefighters to respond to false alarms. False alarms caused by the eleme...

Robert Siciliano

January 28, 2014

If you think you don't need home security, look at these latest statistics from FBI. In 2012, property crimes resulted in losses estimated at $15.5 billion with larceny-theft accounting for 68.5% of all property crimes reported. 74.5% of burglarie...

Guest Writer

January 27, 2014

If your home is full of valuables, why not add one more valuable: a home security system? A mansion in La Habra Heights (California) was ransacked by 16 teenagers; they made off like bandits with over $1 million worth of property. It all began ...

Robert Siciliano

January 23, 2014

If you were out in the middle of nowhere for three days or stuck at home due to man made or natural disaster, what would you need to survive? Here are numerous items that are essential for survival. Keep in mind this is a basic list that might b...

Robert Siciliano

January 21, 2014

Two young girls died after a man broke into their second-story Cleveland apartment and set it afire. This was after the man forced the 55-year-old babysitter (the children's' aunt) into a bathroom, where she remained-until she began smelling smo...

Robert Siciliano

January 16, 2014

We often hear stories of people who save others lives when crazy stuff happens. The question is what do those heroes know that the rest of us don't? The answers are in the following: Airline masks When a situation arises that trigger the oxyg...

Robert Siciliano

January 14, 2014

Social media makes dumb criminals look (and act) even dumber. Take the case of Damian and Rolando Lozano of Texas, who were suspected of stealing items from 17 cars in the town of Rosenberg. Damian was caught, but Rolando was still out there so...

Robert Siciliano

January 09, 2014

What should you do if you come home to find it's been ransacked? Don't panic; be organized and strategic. There are three main actions you should take, in the following order: Report and check Clean up Plan ahead Report the crime and check t...

Robert Siciliano

January 07, 2014

A homeowner's video surveillance caught a 60-year-old man-a real estate agent-stealing women's clothes from the house for sale while the owner and his wife were out of town. The homeowner presented police with the video, leading to the arrest o...

Robert Siciliano

January 06, 2014