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15 Ways to Fake That You Have a Home Security System and Deter Burglars

Send burglars running with these fake home security system options.

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CameraWALI

Simple Fake Security Camera

For an inexpensive but effective way to deter burglars, try this faux home security system option. It closely resembles a real camera and features an activation light. It installs quickly and easily, to the ceiling or wall, with the included screws. If you’re ready for the real deal, check out these 12 best-reviewed home security cameras.

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codeSabre

Fake Security Keypad


This fake security keypad features an automatic light sensor that lights up the pad at dusk, making it an even more realistic-looking deterrent. At the sight of the device, burglars will likely step away and leave your home alone! Garage doors are traditionally weak links in home security, giving thieves easy access. Use these garage door locks tips to make your garage door more secure.

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warning Sigo Signs

Beware of Dog Sign


If a burglar has been attacked by a dog before, they might not want to take their chances again. This sign takes it a step further with, “You have been warned. Not responsible for injury or death.” Yikes! Here are the 10 best home security devices without monthly fees.

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signBrickhouse Security

Fake Security System Sign for Your Yard


Security yard signs are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to deter criminals. BrickHouse Security offers high-quality weatherproof signs. If someone scans the QR code in the center of the sign, it will bring them to a webpage informing them that your home is protected by BrickHouse Security technology. Here are 11 home security mistakes that put you at risk.

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DomeWALI

Fake Security Dome Camera with Flashing Red LED Light


When burglars survey a home or business, they’re likely to look up to see if there’s a camera in sight. The dome camera is a classic security option that will easily be spotted by the bad guys. You can also mix dummy and real cameras to increase your security at a fraction of the cost of all real cameras. Take a look at these (real) new age security cameras that will keep your home safe.

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DecalsBRINKS

Home Security Window or Door Decals


A little window decal can go a long way. If a burglar sees it before breaking into your home, it might make them think twice about entering.

“These are great. We bought them after a break-in at our home. We’ve suffered no break-ins since, but I doubt that speaks to the effectiveness of the product. They look real and we’re hoping they work as a deterrent to the next assailant who thinks they want to enter our home,” one Amazon reviewer says. You don’t need to spend a fortune to keep burglars at bay. Here are some of the best inexpensive (yet very effective!) DIY home security ideas.

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dogS SELDORAUK

Motion Sensor Dog Barking Alarm


You might not have a dog, or perhaps your pup is on vacation with you, but the sound of a vicious dog may be enough to send burglars running. When motion is detected, a dog barking sound will be set off with this alarm system.

Home security system installers share tips that will keep you and your home safe and secure.

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SensorWaytronic

Wall-Mount High-Power Motion Sensor Scream Box


This powerful infrared motion sensor speaker allows you to record your own custom sounds that will play back when the sensor is triggered. And, because it’s an infrared sensor, it will work in total darkness, so even a criminal avoiding the plane of light will be caught off guard! You can record multiple sounds of your choosing. Sometimes a simple, “Hello? Who’s out there?” will do just the trick! If you’re thinking about purchasing a home security system to protect your property and valuables, here are 15 things to consider before you buy.

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FakeSabre

Fake TV


You don’t have to keep your TV on for hours or even days to deter burglars. This small box that emits light to mimic the color and scene transitions of television programming will give burglars the impression that you’re home and watching TV. Check out our ultimate guide for finding secret hiding places in your home.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sabre

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LasersStreetWise

Lasers


Criminals fear lasers because they’re well aware that these sensors are placed across from each other to cause an invisible beam to pass between them and if that beam is broken the alarm system is triggered. Use a fake laser scanner to project red laser-looking lights that will intimidate burglars, scaring them away from your home! Here’s how to fool burglars by making it look like you’re home.

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LightsKingavon

Timed Lights


Use these plugs to time your lights to switch on and off, even if you’re not home! It’s a simple, effective and economical way to keep intruders at bay. (If you have smart-home technology, you can turn lights off and on with your phone.) Check out these 9 social media tips for home security.

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SolariThird

Solar-Powered Exterior Security Light


This exterior light is ideal for alerting you to any movement outside your home, by emitting a super bright light when activated via its motion sensor. This simple light may alert burglars that you have even more security if they dare to break in, making it an effective deterrent if you’re not ready to purchase a full-on home security system. Prevent break-ins by upgrading and strengthening your deadbolt and lockset.

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DetectionDefense Devices

Talking Security Camera Motion Detection Warning Message


This fake camera looks just like the real deal. When motion is detected inside of nine feet, an authoritative male voice warns intruders. The voice is also accompanied by siren sounds and a red blinking light. Is it a crime to spend money on a home security system these days? A look inside the mind of convicted burglars will help you decide.

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SwitchActivator

Security Sensor Automatic Light Lamp Switch


When an exterior door or window is tampered with or opened, this sensor will automatically turn on a device you have plugged in. The device can be a lamp, radio or other electronic device that will trick burglars into thinking you’re home! Here’s how to monitor your home from your phone.

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DeterrentBest Paper Greetings

Kinder, Gentler Deterrent


While you may opt for some fake cameras (or real ones), you can let would-be burglars know they’re on camera with these friendly stickers.

Here are 15 excellent ways to be a good neighbor.

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Photo: Best Paper Greetings

 

Alexa Erickson
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