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The Pros and Cons of a Connected Home

The Pros and Cons of a Connected Home

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Technology is advancing faster than most of us can imagine. For those hoping to keep their senior loved ones at home longer, the new products on the market offer welcome solutions. In fact, connected devices – also known as the “Internet of Things,” or “IoT” – are expected to make up more than a billion dollars in annual U.S. sales by 2020. Seniors’ homes will certainly represent a significant portion of that revenue! Read more →

5 Home Security Tips for Your Senior Loved One

5 Home Security Tips for Your Senior Loved One

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When someone we care about ages, it can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions that need to be made regarding health care, financial responsibilities, and independence, and this means some important matters – such as home security – can be overlooked. When it comes to making sure your senior loved one is safe, however, it helps to have an action plan that covers the basics. Here are some of the most effective ways to ensure that their residence is a secure and healthy environment for them to live out their best years.

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How Your Social Media Activity Could be Jeopardizing Your Security

How Your Social Media Activity Could be Jeopardizing Your Security

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More than 15 million Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2016 

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Candle Safety Tips For Valentine’s Day & Every Day

Candle Safety Tips For Valentine’s Day & Every Day

The romantic glow of a candlelit room can generate more heat than light – unless the candles start an actual fire. Even if you’re careful with your candles, there’s still a chance that sparks will fly. These candle safety tips will help you heat up your relationship without burning down your house.

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Crime Mentions in Music

Crime Mentions in Music

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Our culture has always influenced music. One recurring theme in modern music is crime. While every musical genre is different, most include some mention of illegal activity.

But how much of music mentions crime? Which musicians sing about it the most, and which types of crime? And has music always been like this? 

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Firearm Background Checks per State

Firearm Background Checks per State

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There is no way to know how many guns will be sold in the U.S. this year.

To better understand the patterns of gun sales in the U.S., we examined the number of background checks initiated through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 2016 (through August, the last month data were available at the time of this writing). We compared the data to privately conducted background checks, as well as the total number of registered firearms in each state for the year, to ascertain not just how many guns are being sold, but how many guns are possibly being sold without extensive background checks being conducted. Read on to see what we uncovered.

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Tracking Down Guns

Tracking Down Guns

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While you might feel safe living in a state with strict gun control laws, it is possible for weapons stolen or reported missing to end up in an entirely different state. To help detect firearm trafficking and solve firearm crimes, as well as track movements of guns associated with crimes, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides critical information that helps domestic and international law enforcement agencies.

We took a look at the journey many guns go on after they are purchased. Continue reading to see what we discovered about tracing lost or stolen guns in the U.S.

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Crimes for Cash

Crimes for Cash

Hypothetically speaking, what would you do for a large sum of money? Would you punch someone? Vandalize public property? Rob a bank? Kill somebody? Just how much cash would it take to make you commit these acts? Humans are complex beings. If these questions – and the answers – make you uncomfortable, you’re far from alone. 

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Summer Crime Rates Rise Along With The Thermometer

Summer Crime Rates Rise Along With The Thermometer

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“Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” can get really crazy. Summer crime rates increase, particularly in large cities. Learn about the effects of temperature on criminal behavior – and how to protect yourself and your property.

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Home Security Cameras Help Police Catch Burglars

Home Security Cameras Help Police Catch Burglars

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“Burglaries are difficult crimes to solve because there are usually no witnesses,” police say. Fewer than half of burglaries are reported to police and only 10% of those cases are solved. Your home security system is your first line of defense – and a home security camera may provide the only clues police have about the burglar’s identity.

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