Glossary: Home security

A collection of terms relating to home security including security risk assessment, pressure mats and infrared sensors.

Family’s homicide drives Indianapolis man to open alarm company

Indianapolis resident Armando Perez opened Hoosier Security in the aftermath of his aunt and uncle's double homicide to help prevent future tragedies.

Stop paying fines for false alarms

Think an occasional false alarm is no big deal? Think again. False alarms, often triggered by user error, can cost you and your community.

Are false alarms costing you? Central Indiana police crack down

Municipalities like Indianapolis, Fishers, Zionsville, Avon and Carmel charge fines for false alarms. Alarm companies explain how to prevent false alarms.

Water & Smoke Damage

Hurricane Sandy recovery

Hurricane Sandy is among the worst natural disasters in U.S. history and rebuilding will be a long process. This page provides resource information on what to look out for when hiring someone to make repairs, along with information about insurance, utilities and government assistance.

Storm preparedness

A homeowner’s guide to storm preparedness including tips for protecting the home, insurance considerations, establishing a safe place and emergency supply kits.

Water and smoke damage

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that more than 350,000 residential structure fires occur in the United States each year. A homeowner's guide to smoke and water damage provides tips for restoring the home after a fire, safeguarding important documents and hiring a remediation service.

How to minimize water damage in your home

If your house has an unexpected flood, leak or overflow of water, the damage can be extensive and expensive. Here’s what you can do to help fix the problem.

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Locksmith Service


If you're locked out of your home or car, a locksmith can be your lifeline - but make sure you hire a reputable one.

Home broken into? How to reduce the risk of repeat robberies

After experiencing a burglary, you start to examine what went wrong. If your home didn't keep the burglar at bay, consider these home security options.

'Lady locksmith' holds keys to success, sobriety

Indianapolis locksmith Jan Cornett tackled obstacles early in her career before becoming a Super Service Award-winning contractor.

What are the benefits of a deadbolt lock?

Looking to improve home security? Angie Hicks explains why deadbolts offer the best protection against burglars, and describes the different types of locks.

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