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13 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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You can DIY a convincing home security system

There are plenty of safety tips that could save your home from a break-in. One tip is to install a security system, but you might be able to fake that if you invest in a few select products. Click on to see the products to help fake a home security system and deter burglars.

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Simple fake security camera


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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. Cameras might prevent thieves, but these signs your house is vulnerable to being robbed point to the opposite.

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Fake security keypad


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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! Buying one of these fake security systems might keep burglars our, but if they get in, they won’t find your expensive items thanks to these genius secret hiding places for your valuables.

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Beware of dog sign


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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! Decals may deter less-experienced thieves, which is one of the things every homeowner needs to know.

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Fake security system sign for your yard


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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. If you’re making any of these security mistakes, however, experts say your home is at risk for a break-in.

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Fake security dome camera with flashing red LED light


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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. Make sure you cover the places where smart homeowners install security cameras.

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Home security window or door decals


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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. And yes, burglars usually watch the house before breaking in, so look for the sneaky signs your house is being watched.

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Motion sensor dog barking alarm


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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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Wall-mount high-power motion sensor scream box


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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, opt for one of the best home security systems, according to experts.

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Fake TV


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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. Although, the TV room isn’t the first room burglars check for valuables.

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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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Timed lights


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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.) Make sure you also do these things before leaving your home for a long time.

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Solar-powered exterior security light


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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. That being said, you’re more likely to be robbed at this time of the day, and night lights may not help you then.

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Kinder, gentler deterrent


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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. These tricks to outsmart criminals will keep you safe inside and outside of the house.

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