February 2, 2019 Read More »
In over a decade of researching and writing about home security, we’ve learned the perfect security system for one person could be completely wrong for someone else.
That’s why our home security reviews dig into what each company is best at. With that info you can find a system that’s tailored to your needs, whether you want cheap monthly monitoring, the latest home automation gear, or a system with no contract.
Smart locks have been growing in popularity, frequency of use, and sophistication. There is a range of smart lock options in terms of style and functionality, but for our purposes here, smart locks are considered those that connect to a smartphone and are controlled primarily through an app. Smart locks are still a relatively new technology, and as such, the products and their app…
Curious about how home automation makes it possible to control your lights, doors, and heating from your phone? Learn about the many benefits of home automation.
You probably don’t give your home smoke alarms much thought unless they go off, but a smoke detector is actually an essential part of your overall home security. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that between 2009 and 2013, three-fifths of home fire deaths took place in homes that had no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that didn’t work. While we hope you never have to test your smoke detectors in a real emergency situation, having a reliable and state-of-the art alarm can make all the difference in the world…
Check out our roundup of the best smart light switches and dimmers to find one that fits your preferences and your budget.
We strongly suggest investing in a monitored home security system, but if you’re on a tight budget, or not ready to commit to a whole system, motion sensor lights and cameras are a great initial investment. Motion sensors can help deter intruders and would-be burglars, but they’re also practical for everyday situations…
Despite a downward trend in car theft over the last decade, more than 750,000 vehicles were stolen in 2016. That’s more than one car per minute in the US. And while there’s a lot you can do to prevent your car from being stolen, a determined car thief can work around most preventive measures. If you have a GPS vehicle tracker installed somewhere on your stolen vehicle, authorities can recover your car quickly, minimizing your losses..
There are plenty of fancy door locks on the market these days, but sometimes even the best locks can’t stand up to brute force.
If you’re looking for a way to reinforce your door, a door security bar could be just the thing. Here are our favorites…
How long does it take for the police and other first responders to arrive after you call 911? Learn more about average response times in the United States.
Interested in a DIY home security system? We’ve rounded up the best systems that let you install your own equipment. Our picks also provide optional pro-monitoring.
If you are concerned about creating a safe online environment for your kids, consider adding parental controls to your home wireless network. See which devices and software we determined as the most effective when it comes to protecting your children from online risks.
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