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Officer James Banta
Home Security & Safety Expert
Officer James Banta is our home security and safety expert. With over 24 years as a police officer in Biloxi, Mississippi, Officer Banta has seen it all.
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“If you're dealing with a professional thief, there's tons of intel they could gather,” said James Banta, a former police detective and home security and safety expert at SecurityNerd.
"Doorbell cameras are great, but they aren't super noticeable to everyone," Banta says. "A larger security camera on your porch can be a better deterrent and also provide video footage later if your package is stolen."
Kate Ward of SecurityNerd suggests leaving large home security up to the experts. “We recommend going with a reputable company that will come to your home and asses your needs. It can be difficult with a larger home to spot all of your trouble spots on your own.”