Home Security Blog

Home invasions are the nastiest of all burglaries. They usually involve some type of force, and there is often a weapon involved. In this one particularly brutal and deadly home invasion, the perpetrator and his cohorts used a machete. Back in ...

Robert Siciliano

June 26, 2013

June 17th, Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston bandits, was found dead. Lloyd and Hernandez were said to be friends and bother were out during the night of the tragic event. Lloyd's relatives also indicated he was dating...

Bryan Lovgren

June 25, 2013

The internet is buzzing with stories concerning Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower. Most recently, Snowden bought a ticket from Moscow to Havana but never arrived for take off. Dozens of news outlets are vigilantly tracking this story, frantically ...

Bryan Lovgren

June 24, 2013

1. Strangers Don't open the door to strangers. 2. Peepholes Install a peephole in your front door to allow outside visibility to the inside. 3. Posers Beware of people dressed in uniform or pretending to be someone they're not. Ask for proper ...

Robert Siciliano

June 20, 2013

Did you know that 1 of every 5 homes will experience a break-in or violent home invasion? And that 80 percent of break-ins occur forcibly through a locked door-and, even scarier, that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United Stat...

Robert Siciliano

June 14, 2013

Before you purchase a home security monitoring system, it is important to know what you are signing up for. Find out what you want protected and see if the monitoring system can protect your home the way you want it to. What is home security mo...

Guest Writer

June 12, 2013

Need a new roof, home security system, kitchen, driveway or furnace? At some point, you will. And when you do, you'll search out reputable contractors who offer fair pricing-via the classified section of the local paper, an online search, Cra...

Robert Siciliano

June 12, 2013

Each year SDM releases it's top 100 home security companies ranked by customer base, revenue, employees, and locations. There are thousands of home security companies and dealers making it almost impossible to make a truly informed decision. The S...

Bryan Lovgren

June 10, 2013

According to statistics collected by the FBI a burglary takes place every 14-15 seconds in the United States. Homes are targeted in at least 70% of burglaries and a typical burglary lasts between 90 seconds and 12 minutes. Let's face it, we no lon...

Bryan Lovgren

June 07, 2013

First, I'm a big believer in running away from a predator. If some whack job breaks into your home and wants to hurt you, RUN out the nearest door. But if you are backed into a corner or a loved one needs protecting, then you may have to fight. M...

Robert Siciliano

June 05, 2013

Home security technology is constantly changing. One of the hottest trends is the do-it-yourself (DIY) home security system. DIY home security systems are wireless and require no drilling or intensive installation procedures. Homeowners and renter...

Bryan Lovgren

June 04, 2013

A shift has taken place in the home security industry with companies offering a self-monitoring option. While it is nice to avoid a monitoring bill each month, there are dangers consumers need to be aware of before relying on their own devices t...

Guest Writer

May 31, 2013

Consulting: Call a locksmith or a police officer for some basic tips on home security. Community programs in which law enforcement inspects a property is a cost-effective way to secure your home. Signage: Use "Beware of Dog" signs-one for the f...

Robert Siciliano

May 31, 2013

Before you make an agreement with a home security provider, you need to make sure that you protect yourself in every situation. The sales representative is not going to always look out for your best interest, so you need to. Don't get locked ...

Guest Writer

May 30, 2013

Summer is rapidly approaching, which means your vacation plans are right around the corner. You don't have to find a house sitter to keep your home safe while you are gone. There are other ways to make it look like there is activity at y...

Guest Writer

May 27, 2013

Imagine if Apple entered the home automation and security business! How exciting would that be. Let's say that your name is Mr. Smith and you're headed back home from a business trip having been out of the country for a couple of weeks. About 30...

Bryan Lovgren

May 24, 2013

At this point, everyone knows the Oklahoma City area was slammed by a massive tornado-maybe one of, if not the worst, in history. News reports say dozens of people were killed and hundreds of others injured. The catastrophic event demolished build...

Robert Siciliano

May 22, 2013

It's springtime. You put an ad on Craigslist to get rid of some things, clean out your garage and make a few bucks while you are at it. Maybe you have an old diamond ring to sell. Or that truck you are driving isn't what it used to be, so you deci...

Bryan Lovgren

May 22, 2013

A little over 30 years ago, a man broke into Buckingham Palace in an attempt to communicate with Queen Elizabeth. According to The Guardian, he made several prior visits to the palace and gained entry after only one unsuccessful attempt. For...

Bryan Lovgren

May 20, 2013

Many of us are told that, when we're attacked, we should let it happen so that the situation doesn't get any worse. In some cases that may be your only option. But some studies have shown that fighting back is a better option. Showing resistance a...

Robert Siciliano

May 16, 2013

Call them con men, grifters, scammers or thieves. Or simply call them liars, because lying is what they do best. They stare you in the eyes, do it via email or over the phone, and lie through their teeth. They do it casually and wit...

Robert Siciliano

May 14, 2013

After successful tests of their home automation system last summer in Dallas and Atlanta, AT&T recently announced the official release of their Digital Life Home Automation System. The service is being made available in fifteen marke...

Bryan Lovgren

May 13, 2013

A recent article I wrote, titled "A Predator is Always a Predator," discussed the 750,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S., the thousands more unaccounted for, the thousands more who've never been caught, and the fact that predators live among...

Robert Siciliano

May 10, 2013

If you have a home alarm system, you may be guilty of setting it off accidentally. Sometimes we open a door or window that sets it off, while other times we mess up the secret code. The result of this mishap is usually a very loud siren and the at...

Robert Siciliano

May 09, 2013

Robert Siciliano - Personal and Home Security Expert for besthomesecuritycompanys.com So I ran the 2013 Boston Marathon this year, it really was the best day ever that didn't end well at all. I call it "My Best-Worst Day Ever." Training for a m...

Amber Singh

May 08, 2013

Someone successfully posing as a health inspector, police officer or even a Secret Service agent happens every single day. Posing as a water inspector, I once gained access to people's homes by saying I needed to "check the colorization of their w...

Robert Siciliano

May 07, 2013

Before we discuss the top 10 heists of all time, lets decide what qualifies as a heist. A heist is a crime with a large amount of money, jewelry, art or other valuables stolen. Heists are well-planned crimes that often involve outlandish schemes...

Bryan Lovgren

May 06, 2013

With the 750,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S., the thousands more unaccounted for, and even the thousands more who've never been caught, know that predators live amongst us. The question always arises as to whether or not a sex offender c...

Robert Siciliano

May 02, 2013

Alarm systems used to be clunky and expensive to install, and all they did was set off a siren when a door or window was smashed in. Today, alarms are wireless and can even adjust your thermostat! The Boston Globe reports, "The era of clunky blac...

Robert Siciliano

April 30, 2013

Carbon monoxide is known as the "silent killer" because it is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can poison a body. When carbon monoxide is breathed in it replaces the oxygen in the blood and starves the most important organs which incl...

Amber Singh

April 29, 2013