Home Security Blog

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

Hi, I'm Robert Siciliano personal and home security expert with BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com today discussing Protecting your shipped packages during the holidays. During the holidays, thieves will actually follow delivery trucks, sna...

Robert Siciliano

January 22, 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

Don't wait until you're locked out at night in the cold to contact a locksmith. Know ahead of time who you'd call, should you ever have a need for this kind of service. And keep that number in your phone, wallet, purse and car. First find thei...

Robert Siciliano

January 02, 2014

You can have peace of mind while away from home during the holidays by implementing the following home security tips. Home vacation checks. Arrange with your local police department to periodically cruise by your house when you're out of town....

Robert Siciliano

December 31, 2013

Here are 10 ways you can protect your home, especially during the holidays. #1. Affordable security camera. Security cameras and their receiver kits are more affordable than ever, costing less than $100. You'll be able to see and sometimes hear...

Robert Siciliano

December 30, 2013

Today, security systems are equipped to offer customers a level of peace that was never possible until only the past decade. And in fact, the difference between what they were and what they are today has little to do with how well they actually de...

Guest Writer

December 20, 2013

Your house can easily have a "secret room," for its novelty, for children and for a safe hideout from intruders. Normal looking household features such as bookcases conceals entrances to these rooms. Purpose Designing begins with determining t...

Robert Siciliano

December 19, 2013

Let's just say someone breaks into your home at 3 am and you're kidnapped and locked in your basement and zip ties bind you. To break free should you ever be illegally restrained, first practice to figure out which hand position is easiest for y...

Robert Siciliano

December 17, 2013

So you want a video surveillance system but don't know what to choose. There are many surveillance solutions. You can always go through a home alarm company or you can do it yourself. There are many surveillance systems that send you all the eq...

Guest Writer

December 16, 2013

Unfortunately, women remain at a high risk for violence from theft to assault. However, there are many personal safety products out there that are designed for women. Many of these products are easy to hide, simple to use, and available without ...

Guest Writer

December 13, 2013