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Is Your Home Ready for Your Retirement?

ShutterstockConsider replacing doorknobs with handles. By Dave Bernard You may be more than ready to retire, but what about your home? If you hope to age in your current home it makes sense to prepare for the challenges that aging is likely to bring. The environment in which you live will be an essential ingredient to... Continue Reading »

Price of Home Improvement Project Included Home Break-In

Shutterstock By E.A. Mann My grandfather, an Old World Italian guy who raised his younger brother in the aftermath of the Great Depression, never paid another person to work on his home. When I was 8 and he was 60-something, I acted as his helper over my summer vacation as he rebuilt the porches on his duplex, including... Continue Reading »

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 »

New Smartphone Apps Keep Homeowners in Touch With Security Systems

Getty Images By Natasha Baker Homeowners worried about security while they are at work or on vacation have a range of new smartphone apps to help them remotely monitor their property and to notify them if there is a problem. In the United States in 2012 there were more than 2 million burglaries, or about one every 15... Continue Reading »

Ohio State Students' Mysterious Housemate -- A Lesson for Tenants

The Lantern/YouTube When you hear strange noises in the bowels of your rental, see lights turned on that should be off, kitchen drawers left open that you know you closed, what would you think? Some Ohio State University students' reaction was that the house might be haunted -- and they joked with friends about the... Continue Reading »

Getting Your Home Ready for Your Vacation

By Donna Fuscaldo Vacation is a time to escape for a little rest and relaxation, but it's also the time thieves increasingly break into empty homes. According to recent claims data from insurance company Travelers, theft increases during the summer months largely because more people are away. But it's not only criminals... Continue Reading »

Safe Zones: 20 Most Crime-Free Cities in America

By Amelia Acosta and Anmargaret Warner Violent crime rose in the U.S. last year for the first time since 2006, according to FBI statistics. However, the recent 1.2 percent increase belies a long-term trend: America is becoming a much safer country. To find out which parts of America are the safest, we looked at the FBI's... Continue Reading »

Burglars Boldly Strike Multiple Homes as Missouri Family Mourns

Criminals aren't known for showing compassion for their victims; if they did, they wouldn't commit crimes in the first place. And while it shouldn't be surprising, it's still disturbing to learn that one of the best opportunities for criminals to strike is when their victims are mourning the death of a loved... Continue Reading »

Smart Homes Let You Control Your House With Your Phone

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4 Fugitives Found Hiding Inside Home of Prince George, Va., Resident Charlotte Donahue

People find some seriously weird things in their homes: dozens of exotic animals, stashes of marijuana, $7 million worth of gold bars, for example. But something significantly scarier -- and more dangerous -- was found inside Charlotte Donahue's home in Prince George, Va., on Sunday morning: four inmates who had recently... Continue Reading »

Home in The Journal News Gun Map Targeted for Gun Robbery

A home in New York's Westchester County (pictured above) that was identified in The Journal News' infamous interactive map outlining gun permit holders last month was burglarized on Saturday, local TV station WDEF reported. The thieves' target? The homeowner's gun safe, officials said. The thieves reportedly used a... Continue Reading »

The Automated Home Is One Step Closer

By Brian Dumaine The powerhouse private equity firm Blackstone recently invested in a Provo, Utah, company that installs home security systems in an equity deal that's valued it at $2 billion. What does Blackstone see in an industry that's not known for being particularly sexy? It turns out that private company Vivint,... Continue Reading »

Do Guard Dogs Protect Homes From Burglars? Well, These Pooches Didn't

You might think that pit bulls or Rottweilers are naturally protective guard dogs that will keep your home safe from burglars. But as it turns out, they might not even have any bark, let alone bite. CBS Atlanta put five breeds known for being instinctive guard dogs to the test by staging break-ins at their homes and... Continue Reading »

5 Cheap Home Security Tricks to Keep Your House Safe

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon You don't have to install a pricey or crazy security system to feel safer in your home. Here are some low- and no-cost ways to keep burglars at bay. 1. Don't Sleep Alone If you're sleeping solo these days, take your car's remote control to bed with you. If you hear suspicious noises, push the... Continue Reading »

Neighbor Nabs 'Contractors' Breaking Into Vacant House

It's bad enough to be spotted by the nextdoor neighbor when you're trying to break into a house. It's even worse when the next-door neighbor is a cop. That's what happened to a pair of purported contractors in Dacula, Ga. An off-duty police officer noticed the couple trying to jimmy open the front door of the vacant... Continue Reading »

Home Security Tech Takes a Leap Forward

Home security technologies are keeping pace with the other gadgets in our connected, on-demand lives. Unlike the cumbersome systems of the recent past, new home security components are discreet, easily controlled from afar, and smart enough to screen out don't-need-to-know info, like your pet's indoor traffic patterns. If... Continue Reading »

Renters: Home Improvements That Move With You

Even if you're just renting a place for a short time, it's important to personalize it with the style and conveniences that make you feel at home. If you'd like to make home improvements but hesitate because of longer-term living plans, consider projects that can move with you. "I'm a big proponent of 'make it yours,'... Continue Reading »

Home Security: Staying Safe in Your New House

Home security is a primary concern for many homeowners, particularly those who are away at work during the day or who take frequent vacations. Knowing your home and knowing your neighborhood are key, especially for new homeowners. Nikki Pepper at our sister site, ShelterPop, provides some helpful tips. Whether you're... Continue Reading »

Home Security for the Holidays

The bags are packed. The kids are strapped safely in their car seats. The house is locked up tight--or is it? If you're rushing to get out for the holidays, you may be overlooking one important step: home security. The holiday season is also prime time for break-ins. And it's not just burglars you need to protect against.... Continue Reading »

Home Insurance: Protect Your Home Against Theft

When the apartment of AOL Real Estate contributor Eileen Gunn was burglarized several years back, she was grateful she had insurance to cover her losses. "Most of what was stolen I wouldn't [and] couldn't replace, like jewelry, she said. "So the money I got from insurance did replace the things I wanted: My remote controls... Continue Reading »

Off-Campus Rentals: Staying Safe in a College Town

Living off-campus at college brings many perks: greater freedom, broader housing choices, and possibly even some money-saving, if you play your cards right. But being out from under the university's thumb means that you're also out from under their security, which isn't always a good thing. Though tragically high-profile... Continue Reading »

Home Security: Systems With Cutting-Edge Protection

As a 33-year-old single woman living near a not-so-safe area in Massachusetts, Heidi said she felt the need for some kind of home security system to protect herself and her belongings. So she did her homework. "I did research online, in magazines, and asked neighbors and family about what security systems they have," she... Continue Reading »

Apartment Security for Renters

Sarah Wynn thought she was safe. The 27-year-old lived in a rental apartment in a bustling, low-crime section of Chicago. She was careful to keep her doors locked at night and her eyes open for suspicious activity in the neighborhood. It wasn't enough. After leaving for work one morning, a thief walked right into Wynn's... Continue Reading »

Low-Cost Home Security Solutions

Thanks to her stint in the military, Mary F. was used to moving around. However, after settling down in Texas and enduring the unpleasant experience of having her home robbed, she decided that feeling like a sitting target was something she didn't want to get used to. "I knew I had to do something, but as a single mom of... Continue Reading »

A New York City man and his girlfriend had the shock of their young lives when they discovered a stowaway living in their apartment and sneaking out at night to eat their food. The woman had been there several weeks. The homeless culprit was discovered after the set-up of a hidden "nanny cam." She entered the apartment... Continue Reading »

Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

This holiday season may not be so merry for those affected by the recession. So authorities are warning homeowners to tighten up security around the house when heading out for shopping trips and extended holiday visits. Homes can be sitting ducks just waiting to be robbed around the holiday season. Here are some tips for... Continue Reading »

Avoid Lohan, Hilton Robbery Fate

Can a gang of suburban teenage girls rob Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, and other Los Angeles celebrities? You bet. These young cat burglars were arrested last week for pinching designer clothing and jewelry from several celebrity homes. Now these fashionable thieves face legal action and suspension of... Continue Reading »

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