In an emergency but can't talk? Some Chicago-area residents can now text to 911

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Some suburban Chicago residents now can text 911 emergency services for help. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Some suburban Chicago residents now can text 911 emergency services for help. (Photo by Steven Jack)

A northwest suburban emergency dispatch center in Cook County now allows residents to text 911 for urgent police or medical help when calling isn't possible.

Family's homicide drives Indianapolis man to open alarm company

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Although Armando Perez owns and operates Hoosier Security, he still receives an alert when a client's alarm goes off. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Although Armando Perez owns and operates Hoosier Security, he still receives an alert when a client's alarm goes off. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

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

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You can save money on fines and help your community by following expert tips on reducing false alarms. (Photo courtesy of John S. of Avon)
You can save money on fines and help your community by following expert tips on reducing false alarms. (Photo courtesy of John S. of Avon)

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

Locksmith Service

The key to picking a trusted locksmith in the D.C. area

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Keys in D.C. door (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The key to a good locksmith experience in D.C. is finding a reputable company. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Even when locked out, ask these questions before trusting your personal safety and home security to a just any Washington-area locksmith.

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

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Locksmiths recommend rekeying all locks after a home break-in. (Photo by Byron Medina)

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

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A 15-time Super Service Award winner, Indianapolis locksmith Jan Cornett believes she's found her niche. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
A 15-time Super Service Award winner, Indianapolis locksmith Jan Cornett believes she's found her niche. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

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

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Water & Smoke Damage

Chicago lightning causes $35,000 in damage - here's how to protect your electrical

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Lightning strikes have the potential to destroy a home's entire electrical system, causing thousands in damages. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Lightning strikes have the potential to destroy a home's entire electrical system, causing thousands in damages. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Electricians say installing a whole-house surge protector may be the best way to prevent damage to appliances and electronics caused by a lightning strike.

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