Types of Theft: The Difference Between Burglary vs Robbery?

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Theft. Larceny. Burglary. Robbery. Extortion. These words come up a lot in the home security world—and if you watch as much television as I do, you’ve probably heard these terms thrown around courtroom scenes on crime shows as well. You know they all essentially mean “stealing,” but unless you’re a lawyer or a police officer yourself, you may not know which term applies to which situation…

Arlo vs Canary: Two Choices for DIY Home Security

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Home security is most efficient when monitored by a professional company, but a full system may not be right for everyone. When it comes to do-it-yourself security monitoring, two of the best options are Arlo and Canary. These cameras watch for motion, notify you via your smartphone if anything seems amiss, and give you the option to alert police with the press of a button…

Arlo Reviews: Easy Wireless Surveillance with Arlo and Arlo Pro

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Two of NETGEAR’s home security cameras have made our lists this year—the Arlo is number seven in our overall best home security cameras list and the Arlo Pro ranks number two in our best outdoor cameras list. Because they’re wireless and waterproof, these are incredibly versatile devices, adaptable for any number of uses and environments. They’re supported by a highly rated mobile app that receives alerts from the cameras so you can monitor your cameras on the go…

Link Interactive vs Protect America: Reviews from the Top

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As technological advances make security equipment increasingly user friendly, fewer home security systems require professional installation and they are instead developing more systems with DIY installation. Two leaders in this niche of the industry are Link Interactive and Protect America, which claimed their second- and third-place spots in our 2017 list of top-rated home security companies…

Best Flexible No-Contract Home Security Systems

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Each year, we rigorously research and rank the best home security systems on the market. Most of these choices require you to sign a contract for a year or more, but you may not want to make that kind of financial commitment—especially if you’re a renter or a newbie to home security systems. We’ve mined the best home security systems out there to find the gems that don’t require you to sign a contract. Some of the options on this list do still have monitoring service plans available, but they allow you to commit month by month rather than for years at a time…

Best Outdoor Security Lights: Motion vs LED vs Solar

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Put yourself in the mind of a burglar. Do you choose to go for the brightly lit home with half a dozen security lights around the perimeter, or to the home with no lights and plenty of dark corners? The answer is simple. A dark home at night is like a sign for a burglar: “Come on in—no one’s home!”

Best CO Detectors: Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the United States. Every year, this odorless, colorless gas kills more than 400 Americans, hospitalizes more than 4,000, and sends 20,000 to the emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Top 6 Best Fireproof Safes For the Home

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There were 365,000 home fires in 2015. That’s nearly 1,000 fires per day. Take a moment and think about all of the important documents in your home—what would happen to them if your home caught fire? Investing in a fireproof safe won’t eliminate the pain of a house fire, but protecting all of your important documents will make it easier to rebuild. We’ll examine six of the best safes on the market and…

Sentri All-In-One Home Monitoring Review

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We first covered Sentri in its crowdfunding stage in early 2015, and after running a successful Kickstarter campaign, Sentri released its All-In-One Home Monitoring device around Thanksgiving of 2015. It’s been out for a little over a year now, which means it’s time for an update. So what is it? Sentri is an all-in-one home monitoring device, which means that it’s a single device that visually monitors your home…

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