House of guards: Keep your home secure at any budget

“Home Alone” taught us there’s no time like the holidays for a home invasion. ‘Tis the season for opportunistic thievery, but in reality, burglars don’t discriminate against other months. According to a September report by SafeWise, a burglary occurs in the U.S. about every 18 seconds. That’s nearly 5,000 a day. Your chance of being a target increases exponentially with your status. Former power couple Brad and Angelina spent a reported $235 million to protect their properties. In addition to the highest tech cameras, they invested in hired help—Special Air Service veterans who guarded their grounds. The rest of us, however, pay between $200 and $1,000 annually according to retail data collected by From repurposed iPhones to 22-caliber tripwires and fierce, four-legged European friends, just click here to see six ways Americans are achieving peace of mind when it comes to home security.


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