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About SafeWise

Written by | Updated March 9, 2020

We think that home—and the people (and pets) we share it with—is what really matters. Protecting the “where” and “who” in our lives gives us more time to enjoy it all. That’s why we set out to demystify home safety and security.

At SafeWise, we devote hours, days, weeks (and even months) to researching security solutions. We test and compare home security companies, home safety products, and home automation gizmos so we can help you find the right protection for your “where” and “who.”

What We Do

Our goal is to figure out how things work, how well they work, and whether or not they’re worth your money. Then we tell you what we found.

And we like to have fun. That’s why we share other useful things we discover that can make your life safer, easier, or more convenient. But our goals to live safe and buy smart are at the core of everything we do.

How We Do It

We’re constantly on the lookout for solutions to everyday home security and safety needs. When we find a tool, tip, product, or another resource that can make your life better (and safer) we learn everything we can before recommending it to you.

We do more than conduct research—we get our hands on every gadget we can to find out how well it does the job. Then we let you know the good, the bad, and the ugly.

And we’re able to share all this inside info with you for free because we develop partnerships with some of the companies and products we test out. This is how we pay the bills. But it doesn’t impact what we review or how we rank products. And we don’t make money from every link you click. But we think it’s important for you to understand how we’re able to do what we do.

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The Team

Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca Edwards

Lead Safety & Tech Reporter

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.

Katherine McEntire

Katie McEntire

Katie McEntire has tested home security systems in her own apartment, installed GPS trackers in her own car, and watched her cat, Toki, nap all day through a live nanny cam feed. As an expert reviewer, she believes that firsthand experience is the best way to learn about new products (even if it requires being the guinea pig). She specializes in pet safety and DIY security and has contributed to publications like DigitalCare.org and TechGuySmartBuy.

John Carlsen

John Carlsen

John is a technology journalist with over six years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech. Before joining SafeWise in 2020, John was an editor for Top Ten Reviews specializing in home security and the smart home.

Celeste Tholen

Celeste Tholen
Managing Editor

Celeste has dedicated her career to informing the public. Through her work as an editor and writer in newsrooms like KSL and Deseret News, as well as her work on SafeWise, she’s covered topics that help people stay safe and make well-informed decisions.

Kristina Smith

Kristina Smith

With a background in journalism and tech writing, Kristina loves distilling industry jargon into accessible information. She spent four years writing about real estate, helping new homeowners factor smart home solutions into their to-do lists. She’s fascinated by safety products that go beyond single-point solutions, whether that means integrating with other gadgets or beautifully blending with your home design.

Kassidi Johnson

Kassidi Johnson
Web Designer

Kassidi has been a Web Designer for over 5 years, designing dozens of websites in that time. She loves making it easier for people to find what they’re looking for online and creating beautiful interfaces. She graduated with a bachelors of science in Web Design and Interactive Media from The Art Institute.

Katherine Torres

Katherine Torres
Site Manager

Katherine has had several years of experience developing and executing multichannel marketing campaigns, but actually started her career path in journalism. Though she switched gears, she continues to be driven by the need to deliver information that can be helpful for individuals. As an owner of two rescue dogs, she is most interested in technology and products that allow her to keep a close eye on her pets when she’s away.

Krystal Rogers-Nelson

Krystal Rogers
Content Strategist

With 14 years of managing education programs in the nonprofit industry, Krystal has an empathetic heart, a creative eye, and a strategic mind. As a mother of two, Krystal is obsessed with learning about all things safety and cares deeply about sharing the latest products and research to help you protect what you care about most. Her knowledge and experience translate into publishing useful content that’s easy for all learning styles to navigate and understand.

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Andréa Harvey
Outreach Strategist

Andréa is passionate about community advocacy. Before joining our team, she studied journalism at the University of Oregon and worked at local newspapers like Salt Lake City Weekly and the Ogden Standard-Examiner. As an Outreach Strategist, she helps SafeWise reach new communities nationwide with data-driven safety campaigns and educational resources.

Alex Frost

Alex Frost
Data Analyst

Alex specializes in finding, organizing, and sifting through data to translate insights into meaningful stories. His interest in data began in college where he graduated with degrees in media informatics and information technology. Alex is always learning and exploring new data-driven communication methods to help people make informed decisions.

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Kaz Weida
Contributing Writer

Kaz is a journalist who covers home security, parenting, and community and child safety. Her work and product testing in the security and safety field spans the past four years. You can find Kaz in HuffPost, SheKnows, Lifehack, and much more. Her degree in education and her background as a teacher and a parent make her uniquely suited to offer practical advice on creating safe environments for your family.

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Kasey Tross
Contributing Writer

Kasey is a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and a freelance writer with expertise in emergency preparedness and security. As the mother of four kids, including two teens, Kasey knows the safety concerns parents face as they raise tech-savvy kids in a connected world, and she loves to research the latest security options for her own family and for SafeWise readers.

Written by SafeWise Team

The SafeWise Team is here to help you keep your home and family safe. Whether you’re looking to pick a security system or identify and remove common risks in your home, we’re here to help you find the best products and well-researched answers. At SafeWise we combine our years of experience in home safety and security with user reviews and feedback to help take the guesswork out of living safe. Learn more

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