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Spring and Summer 2019: Salt Lake City Events at Vivint Smart Home Arena

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena seats nearly 20,000 people and includes fifty luxury suites. The arena, which opened in 1991 as the Delta Center, is owned and operated by Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. It has been known as Vivint Smart Home Arena since October 2015, when the smart

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The Safest Military Towns in America

A well-guarded military base can imply that such areas—including the nearby military towns—are safe and secure. According to the Military Family Advisory Network, 78% of surveyed military personnel still live off base and in the surrounding cities. This made us wonder which military towns in the US are the safest and which aren’t as secure

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Living Alone: A Survey of Millennials

Millennials are choosing to move back home or rent longer rather than purchase a home after college. They’re also less likely than other age groups to live alone whether they rent or own a property. Tough job markets have made it difficult for young adults to find jobs that pay enough, and the burden of

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Which States Have the Most Missing Persons?

Missing Persons per capita map

According to NamUS, over 600,000 people go missing each year in the United States, ranging from young children to older individuals. Famous missing person cases such as the Elizabeth Smart or Jayme Closs disappearances are well-known missing persons cases, but countless other cases never make it to the spotlight. National Missing Persons Day—February 3—gives the

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Which States Have the Most Neighborhood Watch Programs?

Neighborhood Watch Map

Community watch programs have their roots in America’s colonial days. The Town Watch was a way for neighbors to alert the authorities—often a lone night guard—about suspicious activities in their village. Over time, the concept has grown and adapted into the modern neighborhood crime watch. The idea is simple: communities look out for one another

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Holiday Theft Rates Are Lower than You Think—See the 10 Safest and Riskiest States

If Home Alone taught us anything, it’s that Christmas brings warm fuzzies to the hearts of burglars and thieves too. Of course, the Wet Bandits are caricatures, not real people. And according to criminology professor Dr. Janet Lauritsen, it’s actually summer, not winter, that’s “open season” for burglary, car theft, and general thievery. That said,

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The Safest and Most Dangerous States to Retire

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What are the safest states in the US to retire? Considering 10,000 baby boomers retire every year, according to the Pew Research Center, now’s a good time to look at safety stats across the nation. Our team looked at FBI statistics and government data, focusing on six main data points—property crime rates, ombudsman complaints (complaints

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4 Ways a Smart Home Can Promote Green Living

African Descent Kid Separating Recyclable Trash

  A smart home combines smart technology and home automation to make life easier for its occupants. And smart home tech is certainly convenient—the ability to automate nearly any aspect of a home is one of the best things to come from Vivint. Smart home devices include lighting which can be controlled with your voice,

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Vivint Ping Indoor Camera Review

Vivint Ping Camera

  Security cameras are an essential part of any modern home security setup. There’s more to cameras than just recording video these days, though. Like many other devices, home cameras have joined the ranks of smart home tech, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, remote smartphone access, and other connected features becoming standard. If you’re looking

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Your Guide to Staying Safe When Living Alone

Young Asian man using the laptop in the living room.

In 2012, the US Census Bureau “estimated that thirty-two million Americans live by themselves. More than half of them are women, but men have been closing the gap.” Find yourself among these numbers? This growing preference for solo living is not only an American trend but also an international one. By 2030, Euromonitor International expects

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