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Home Security in Iowa

Iowa MapIn an average year, there are 15,868 burglaries in the state of Iowa. For victims of such property crimes, developing and implementing a thorough plan for home security can restore feelings of safety and security. Even for Iowans who have not experienced home invasion or other crime in their homes, knowing that one in every 46 residents of the state will be victimized is a strong motivation to take steps to make that less likely to occur.

Home security systems are at the forefront of protecting homes and apartments from would-be criminals. Iowa has a number of reputable companies that give clients 24/7 monitoring of their home at affordable prices. Modern technology is a large component of these home security systems, especially with respect to remote usage. Customers can use their tablet, laptop, or cell phone to activate their alarms, lock doors, turn lights on, or even change the settings of the thermostat. As most burglaries happen when homes are unoccupied, this remote access provides extra peace of mind while at work, school, or even on vacation.

Some Iowans who rent homes or apartments appreciate the convenience and easy installation of wireless home security systems, partly because those systems can be put in place without needing the help (or permission) of the landlord.

Home security systems should be used in conjunction with good decision-making. For example, maintaining relationships within Iowa neighborhoods casts a wider safety net over entire communities as residents look after one another, reporting any suspicious activity to the police and keeping an eye on each other's properties while people are on vacation. Also, making sure that doors and windows are closed and locked or latched stops intruders from having easy access to homes. Finally, having a home safe that is bolted to the floor or to permanent shelving stops invited guests such as babysitters and house cleaners from accessing important documents, expensive jewelry, or even cash.


Ames, Iowa, parking ticket payment system breached

For 4,600 Ames, Iowa, residents, forgetting to put a quarter into a parking ... exposed information on the 4,600 people who used the city's online ticket payment system between Aug. 10 to Nov. 19, ...

Published:  Mon, 03 Dec 2018 05:16:00 GMT

Iowa implements new ballot security measure for November

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa election officials in each of the state's 99 counties will hand count votes in one randomly selected precinct for the general election as an added security measure. Iowa ...

Published:  Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:56:00 GMT

Guest comment: Iowa Republicans use Koch-funded group to attack retirement security

... in the Iowa Legislature are inviting an out-of-state attack on the economic security of Iowa families. Their target is the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS), a well-managed, ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:35:00 GMT

Fox News freaks out over Kirsten Gillibrand's comments on immigrants and Social Security - but she's right

On a campaign swing through Iowa this week, Sen ... If you are in this country now, you must have the right to pay into Social Security, to pay your taxes, to pay into the local school system, to have ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:15:00 GMT

Iowa Valley officials: bond would benefit entire district

T-R FILE PHOTO - The Iowa Valley bond referendum will ... summer of 2017 that alerted the district to severe security needs. Among the security-related improvements needed was an automated door lock ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Mar 2019 23:10:00 GMT

Hunter: Iowa must turn around anemic economic growth

There should be no greater priority for the Iowa Legislature than to set in motion the tools to achieve that security. As more and more economic power is concentrated in the hands of a few, Iowans ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:13:00 GMT

University of Iowa student arrested, charged with hacking school system to change grades

Southern District of Iowa with hacking into the school's system to change grades. Court documents state that between March 2015 and November 2016 Graves allegedly attached a keylogger to several ...

Published:  Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:53:00 GMT

Cradle Act would allow parents to use Social Security benefits towards paid parental leave

Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mike Lee of Utah introduced the Child Rearing ... employers to give workers six weeks of fully paid parental leave. The Social Security system is currently running a deficit and ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Mar 2019 04:10:00 GMT

The U.S. Election System Remains Deeply Vulnerable, But States Would Rather Celebrate Fake Success

In Iowa ... responsible for our systems would be unable to detect the problems," Sweeney told The Intercept. Voting software is another potential target for hackers. The Intercept has previously ...

Published:  Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:42:00 GMT

In Iowa, Beto O'Rourke proves he can still wow a crowd. Can he win votes

He delighted fans by driving himself in a Dodge minivan from town to town through eastern Iowa. He distracted President ... but questioned whether a single-payer system was the fastest route there. He ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Mar 2019 22:40:00 GMT

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