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Home Burglary: 8 Ways to Prevent It

striatic/Flickr By David Bakke Home burglaries resulted in $4.6 billion in lost property in 2010, and the average dollar loss per burglary was $2,119, according to the FBI. While the cost of lost property is significant, even more significant is the emotional toll it takes when your home's security is compromised. It's... Continue Reading »

South Carolina Homeowner Says Facebook Photos Show Teens Broke Into Home, Threw Party

A homeowner alerted police when he reportedly found pictures posted on Facebook of his daughter's teenage classmates partying in his house. The 39-year-old homeowner in Tega Cay, S.C., who wished to remain anonymous as to not embarrass his children, told WCNC-TV in nearby Charlotte that the party happened when his entire... Continue Reading »

Open Houses : Good Way to Get Robbed?

When your home is for sale and you hold an open house, potentially hundreds of people may walk through. Some are not just viewing your granite countertops and soaring vaulted ceilings, but also are eyeing your antique china, pearl necklace, and credit card statements. That may be because you have left these items in plain... Continue Reading »

Renters Insurance: Why You Need It

When Stephen Slaybaugh returned to his two-bedroom apartment in Columbus, Ohio one evening after work, something was not right. "At first I thought my girlfriend had just left a bunch of things strewn about," he says. "Then as I walked through the apartment, there was stuff she obviously wouldn't have left out. Then I... Continue Reading »

How Not to Tell 175 Million People About Your House Party

If there are roughly 175 million people on Facebook, then posting an invite for a house party as a public event on the social media site is probably not a good idea. Poor Rachel Ross learned she should have modified the Facebook security option for "friends" or even "friends of friends" the hard way -- after her parents'... Continue Reading »

New Locks Stop Home Invaders

Protecting your home isn't as simple as turning a deadbolt. According to a story this week in the Columbus Dispatch, home break-ins are on the rise due to weak locks and shoddy frame construction -- and it's not just Ohio. The FBI claims that in 2008 (the last year they have complete records for), 1.3 million residential... Continue Reading »

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