Often homeowners think that they don't need a true security system, especially if they can deter burglars with something that sounds like it means business. The problem is that people who are experienced at breaking into homes know all about those tricks. They also know how to circumvent them. Here are some of those fake security devices that you might want to think twice about using to protect your home.
Yard Signs Advertising a Security System
Yard signs that let anyone who passes your property see that you've got a security system with a particular company aren't an inherently bad idea, but they're not a solid protection plan. While a fake yard sign might deter some burglars, the experts won't be fooled at all. An expert burglar knows exactly what to look for around your doors and windows to try to determine whether you actually have a security system or not. If he doesn't find what he's looking for, he's likely to break in regardless of your sign.
Timers and Television Simulators
Television simulators are a light source that makes it look as though your television is on, even if you aren't home and the TV isn't on at all. While running a television simulator is less taxing on your electric bill than running your television is, this still isn't one of the best deterrents because someone can get a good view in the window and determine that the simulator isn't a real TV. With timers, you have another problem altogether. Many timers come on at set times, and someone who is watching your house can figure out quite readily that you're using one. Some timers do offer staggered settings, but they're still not a solid security measure.
Fake Security Cameras
Fake security cameras are made to look just like real security cameras. They're made to be seen, but they don't actually capture footage or transmit it anywhere. Fake cameras are inexpensive, but if you really need to be able to see what happened, they do you no good whatsoever. Also, expert burglars know what to look for with fake cameras, so they're not going to do much other than make a burglar giggle since they know you won't be able to identify them.
If you're ready to get a real security system for your home and receive more information, contact an expert. They can get you up and running with the best system possible for your home and family.