A study from Rutgers University links home security systems with decreasing burglary rates. Many reports say that not having a home security system can increase the likelihood of being robbed by almost three times. Instead of paying for security systems, many people have purchased fake home security signs in an attempt to deter burglars. While clever, it may not be as effective as people think.
Fake Home Security Signs Signal Burglars
Home owners may think having any home security sign on their lawn will keep a burglar from trying to rob their home. Burglars, especially experienced ones, know what to keep an eye out for. If a home security sign has no brand, or a brand they haven’t heard of, this may be a sign the home is not really secured. A quick scan of other home security signs in the neighborhood can help them. If one sign sticks out from the other ones, they may assume that sign isn’t real.
With the Internet at their fingertips, it has become even easier to figure out if a home security sign is fake. Burglars are now searching Google to help spot fake security system signs. If they find out a sign is fake that home immediately becomes a target.
If a burglar still isn’t sure, they often will scope out the home to see if any alarms are being set. If they notice that no alarms are being set when a homeowner leaves, they know it is safe to break in.
False Security Does Not Equal Real Security
Homeowners with fake home security signs sometimes convince themselves that they are as safe as they could be with a true home security system. They can become too comfortable and start leaving doors unlocked and windows open. If a burglar decides to test to see if the security system is real, a fake sign isn’t going to protect the home.
A Sign with a System is the Only Solution
While a home security sign may seem like a good deterrent for burglars, it does not compare to having an actual system. With 62 percent of burglaries happening during the day, a real system is the best way to help protect you against an attempted robbery. Home security systems, such as ones you’ll get with ADT Monitoring, can help detect when a burglary is being attempted and alert homeowners and the authorities instantly. With no system, the burglar has free access to an empty home. ADT home monitoring helps ensure a fast response from one of its four Customer Monitoring Centers and an alert will be sent to the police, fire department, or other necessary emergency personnel to ensure your safety.