Do Fake Security System Signs Deter Burglars?

Do Fake Security System Signs Deter Burglars?

Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge

Statistics show that burglars are far less likely to target homes that appear to have had security systems installed- but if you’re on the fence about shelling out big bucks for 24- monitoring, you’re not alone.

A lot of homeowners wonder if they can get the same time of benefit without the huge out-of-pocket costs.

Do fake signs work?

If you’ve been playing around on the Interwebs, you may have stumbled across a few companies that sell “fake” home security system stickers and signs. These companies exist for a reason- there’s a market for what they’re selling.

And while in some cases, fake signage may deter would-be thieves, in other instances, it can backfire—and have the exact opposite effect.

Some research indicates that the mere presence of a home security sign can lead burglars to assume that there are (valuable) things in the home, that the homeowner wants to protect.
If the burglar is curious enough, they may try to break into your home just to see if an alarm has been installed.

Is there a better way?

The simple answer to that question is yes.

First, you should know that there are a growing number of affordable, inexpensive security systems that have been introduced to the market in the past several years. Some even have smart phone apps- which will alert you if someone knocks, rings your doorbell or tries to open a window or door.

It’s also worth noting that there are other, cost-effective systems that can be purchased online. Depending on what you buy, you may have the option to pick-and-choose a custom number of door and/or window sensors. Many of these systems also offer 24-7, round-the-clock monitoring.

Other tips for deterring thieves

If you’re wary about installing a security system, there are other steps you can take to ensure your home is protected.

• Consider getting a dog
• Trim back hedges, bushes and other types of landscaping that could be used as hiding spots
• Install motion lighting
• Take steps to make your home appear as if it’s being lived in, even when you’re not there. This includes everything from making sure junk mail is cleared from your porch to installing timers on interior lights

Consider a Home Watch Service

If you’re interested in learning more about how a home watch service can help protect your SWFL house or condo when you’re not in town, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to get started.