Home Security Blog

The latest report says that Darron Dellon Dennis Wint did not act alone in the arson murder of a Washington, D.C., family and their housekeeper. You might wonder how a $4.5 million mansion-presumably with top-flight smoke alarms-could burn enoug...

Robert Siciliano

July 16, 2015

At least one woman is happy that her driver drove like a drunk. That's because his erratic driving caught the attention of troopers who pulled him over. They then heard a woman calling for help-from the backseat. She was bound and gagged with a ...

Robert Siciliano

July 14, 2015

When someone online presents as a different person than their true self, this is called catphishing, and it occurs on online dating sites. Google the name of the object of your interest. Obviously, "Kelly Smith" and "John Miller" won't get you...

Robert Siciliano

July 09, 2015

Of all the weird things that can happen to your iOS device, the latest is a relatively benign situation in which a string of text is sent to the phone...and it causes the phone to crash. The phone will reboot if the particular nonsensical text ...

Robert Siciliano

July 07, 2015

"Wes" is a professional man who, if you saw walking on the street, you'd easily imagine being jumped by a few teen punks and getting beaten up for his wallet. Wes is nearing retirement age, has a potbelly, doesn't work out, has grey hair-hardly ...

Robert Siciliano

July 02, 2015

Going on a trip? Here's what to do. Put your mail and newspaper deliveries on vacation hold. Consider you end up on a "stop delivery" list and this may mean persons who have access to it might not always have good intentions. Maybe ask a neigh...

Robert Siciliano

June 25, 2015

There's more to securing windows than always keeping them locked. This includes securing second-story windows that are near a tree, trellis or even a gutter that a thief could climb up. It also includes never leaving ladders outside unless you're...

Robert Siciliano

June 23, 2015

There's more to door security than just installing a top-flight deadbolt and keeping it locked at all times. Many crimes are committed after the criminal enters the front door. Open your door and you'll see a metal rectangle along the edge wher...

Robert Siciliano

June 18, 2015

When thinking of home security, many people don't give much thought to the garage, or at least if they do, it doesn't go beyond simply keeping it closed. Of course, keeping the garage door closed when it's not in use is the No. 1 rule for garage ...

Robert Siciliano

June 16, 2015

Flare is BuddyGuard's home security system that they believe is easy to set up and undemanding to maintain. BuddyGuard branded Flare as "a complete home security system in a single device". The device contains motion detectors, cameras, sen...

Guest Writer

June 12, 2015

The smart home security device, Canary, has just closed a deal of 30 million dollars with several companies to receive funding. This device monitors just about everything. Canary keeps track of the temperature, air quality, and the security of th...

Guest Writer

June 11, 2015

In San Jose, California, a girl, 13, was walking home from school. Her parents' home surveillance caught everything: the man following her on the sidewalk and street; him entering the house right after her; the assault inside the house. A report...

Robert Siciliano

June 11, 2015

"Flare" is an efficient home security device created by BuddyGuard. This is a small compact system, it looks similar to a smoke alarm, that contains all the necessary alarms to help keep the house secure. No passcode is needed because it is...

Guest Writer

June 10, 2015

A woman, home alone, saw a man attempting to break into her home. She had no idea what to do so she ended up banging on the window in an attempt to scare him off. In situations like these she wished she had a home security system set up. Skylin...

Guest Writer

June 09, 2015

Talking to a cell phone has become a norm in society today, but what if talking to a house, kitchen appliance, or the electric system became an average way of life, too? Apple Incorporated revealed their product on Tuesday. Their device&nb...

Guest Writer

June 09, 2015

Okay, there are a few things to think of with this story. First off, wouldn't it be great if ALL deviant people were as dumb as Cheryl Treadway's boyfriend? He was holding her and her three kids hostage at her home, but she convinced him to let...

Robert Siciliano

June 09, 2015

If you wanted to break into a house badly enough, you'd spend as much time as necessary to get past the locks and look for additional vulnerabilities like unlocked windows and keys under mats. Locks will not prevent all break-ins. Because some b...

Robert Siciliano

June 04, 2015

You may already know a lot about home security, but there's always so much more you'd never even think of. See what tips here you never even thought of! Get a dog. And so what if you're the one who ends up walking it (good exercise!) and feedi...

Robert Siciliano

June 02, 2015

Maybe you believe that kids should not have smartphones because the devices can tell a pedophile where a child is located. But there's other reasons that perhaps you haven't thought of: cyberbullying, violent porn, online drug purchases, you nam...

Robert Siciliano

May 28, 2015

An article on inman.com refers to a case in which a real estate agent was caught on the home's video surveillance helping herself to some prescription drugs. Couldn't she have gotten her fix from "stealing" some chips or even a bowl of ice cream...

Robert Siciliano

May 26, 2015

Beware. This is tough to read. An expectant woman had spotted an ad on Craigslist asking for baby clothes, so she contacted the ad placer-a woman-then went to her Longmont, Colorado house alone. The woman stabbed the would-be seller and removed...

Robert Siciliano

May 21, 2015

It's good to have a stash of cash for emergencies. If the grid goes down and the power goes out, an ATM or bank does you no good. But there are security issues too. Where do you put it? A safe is certainly a smart idea. You can get creative too....

Robert Siciliano

May 19, 2015

Do you know how often your smartphone tells third parties about your personal information? Do you even know that your mobile device is capable of sharing (i.e., leaking without your knowledge) information about you? As for how often, it's a lot...

Robert Siciliano

May 14, 2015

Worried about your teen causing a car accident from drinking too much? How about from being distracted too much? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted driving accounted for 58 percent of medium to severe wrecks involving...

Robert Siciliano

May 12, 2015

Myth: Most burglaries occur at night when nobody can see the intruder. Fact: Most burglaries occur during the day because criminals know that's the most likely time that people are away at work. Myth: Most burglaries are random and spontaneous...

Robert Siciliano

May 07, 2015

Yes, 25 tips, because that's how we roll. No home security tip is too trite. They are all important, especially when used all at once, all the time. Keep shrubs and trees manicured so that burglars can't hide near them. Do a door and lock inv...

Robert Siciliano

May 05, 2015

Burglars don't usually depend upon the light of the moon to break into homes; they depend on the daylight-because that's when they know most homes are empty! The kids are in school, the adults are at jobs or shopping...duhhh, even a halfwit burg...

Robert Siciliano

April 30, 2015

Just when might someone be breaking the law when it comes to using video and audio surveillance? Video surveillance cameras are one of the bad guy's worst enemy. Juries are more likely to hand over a guilty verdict when video footage relating t...

Robert Siciliano

April 28, 2015

Why are so many burglaries hounding the town of Los Altos in California? There were 79 reported in 2013, but 118 for 2014. This past January and February there were 36. At that rate, by Christmas 2015, it's unthinkable what the total number of ...

Robert Siciliano

April 23, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com If a home invasion doesn't leave you dead, it might leave you permanently paralyzed, like it did Richard Potorski, who was shot two years ago and can't move from the chest down. On January 8, 2013, Potorski went to h...

Robert Siciliano

April 21, 2015