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Do Fake Security Signs Really Work?

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Yard signs and stickers that say your home is protected by a security system can be the first line of defense against potential burglars. Generally, burglars look for homes with an easy in and out, and security systems don’t allow for that. Signs advertising the ownership of a security system seem to be so effective, that some homeowners have taken to simply buying the yard signs and stickers, skipping buying a security system all together. We’ve analyzed the pros and cons of taking such action:

Pros of Using a Fake Security Sign

Inexpensive: The most obvious benefit of getting yard signs and window decals instead of a security system is that it’s much cheaper. You can get a packet of yard signs and window stickers for about $10 on Amazon. If you currently can’t afford a security system, then this is an affordable option.

Easy: Setting up window stickers and signs is as easy as putting a stake in your front yard and placing stickers on your windows. It takes a total of 30 seconds, and if that’s all the time you currently have to put toward your home security, then it might not be a bad idea for you.

Deters Burglars: As a general rule, burglars tend to shy away from homes with security systems. A window sticker or a yard sign might be enough to scare burglars away—causing them to think that targeting your home is more trouble than it’s worth.

Cons of Using a Fake Security Sign

May Look Fake: When you buy a real security system, you display the name of a company on your sign and stickers that people have actually heard about. Fake security system signs may display brands that sound fake or they will display no brand at all, which may look conspicuous to a burglar.

Smart Thieves Can Google: If a burglar has their eyes on your home, and they really want to know if you have a security system or not, it’s easy for them to find out. Nowadays, a burglar can whip out a smartphone, Google the security system name on your yard sign, and find out if it’s real or not.

False Security: If you decide to use fake yard signs and window decals, do not be lulled into a false sense of security. Having these signs and decals may not be a bad idea, but it’s foolish to assume that using them will definitely protect you from burglary. Make sure to continually secure your home by locking your windows and doors, keeping your landscape trimmed, and having a neighbor watch your home when you’re out of town.

Real peace of mind will come with real security measures, whether that means installing better locks, security cameras, motion sensors, or, as SafeWise recommends, installing a monitored security system. However, if you can’t afford security equipment for the time being, some yard signs and window decals might be a good idea to tide you over—it’s better than nothing, after all. If you’d like to weigh in on the pros and cons of fake security system signs or decals, please do so in the comments.

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