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 Iffiest 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

Full map

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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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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Vivint Streety: Your Friendly Neighborhood Watch App

Neighborhood, Suburb

Through its network of shared cameras, Streety is the ultimate approach to a neighborhood watch. The idea is simple, convenient, and timely for users. In any neighborhood, there are dozens of houses using outdoor security cameras. The Streety app combines the vision of all cameras by allowing users to share camera access or footage with

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How Vivint Keeps Your Home Safe While You Travel

Travel with Peace of Mind When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is what’s going on at home. Unfortunately, nagging worries about burglaries, bad weather, and other events prevents many homeowners from enjoying themselves on vacation or focusing on business trips. Thanks to the web of connected devices known as

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What to Expect When Your Vivint Alarm is Triggered

Vivint Smart Home Alarm

How Do Alarm Systems Work?   The sound of an alarm can be scary. You may have alarms installed for several situations—fire, burglary, and flooding—but that certainly doesn’t mean you ever want to have to use them. To help minimize the stress and confusion that can accompany an alarm going off, we’ll walk you through

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