Home Security Signs: Do They Work By Themselves?

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One of the hottest trends for those looking to save money and cut costs on home security is to purchase home security signs to post on their lawns and in their windows with the hope of fooling a burglar into believing that their home is protected by a real system. Those who are considering this option often wonder do they work by themselves or do home security signs need the real thing to back them up. The answer is two-fold.

Home security signs by themselves can be a deterrent for burglars. When it comes to choosing a target home, many burglars case an area and will eliminate homes for different reasons: home security signage, big barking dogs, nosy neighbors, motion sensitive lighting and more. So, yes, home security signs can work by themselves, but are not reliable enough to put all your trust in.

Home security signs by themselves will not be a deterrent for certain burglars simply because of who they are and what their motivations are. If a burglar is strongly motivated to target your house, a home security sign will not deter them. Also burglars who are on drugs and desperate for a fix will likely not be deterred by signage. Professional thieves will also bypass signage and look for real proof of home security, because they know what consumers know and they are aware that many people are buying the signage in order to give the illusion of protection.

The fact that home security signs by themselves may be a form of home security is becoming too common knowledge. As this knowledge spreads it is no longer valid. Right now having home security signage without the actual system is better than nothing, but just barely. Thieves know to look further and many disregard the signage and take a chance anyway. If you are concerned about home security, look beyond just signage to the real thing. Get an actual home security system and avoid all doubt.

Choosing A Home Security Service Over Do It Yourself

A home security system can lower your chances of being one of the 3.7 million homes that experience a burglary every year. Security systems monitor doors and windows in your home with sensors that send a message when something unusual is happening. The monitoring system when alerted will check if there really is a problem and dispatch help if needed or if there is doubt. In your search for the right home security system, you will face many choices, one of them is whether or not to go with a service or opt for the do it yourself method.

Reasons To Choose A Home Security Service Over DIY

  • Today’s security systems are sophisticated and expensive. Professional installation ensures that it is up and working properly from the beginning.
  • Many people may be daunted by the challenges posed in installing and maintaining a home security system.
  • Using a service means that you have professional support and available help if you encounter problems with your home security system.
  • A professional service will more likely include more of the high tech options that are popular on high end services, such as remote access, video monitoring, home automation, keyless entry, and automated alerts.
  • Do it yourself systems can be more complicated than they appear because trying to make different components work together can, in many cases, prove to be impossible.
  • A home security service has trained, knowledgeable staff who can advise you on the best options because that is what they know.
  • Home security services are more likely to be rated and reviewed, so that you can learn more about what you are getting before you make the investment.

Don’t let the desire to save a buck with DIY home security keep you from the true home protection your family needs and deserves. Burglary and break-ins are a real risk. The best protection comes from a service that focuses on keeping homeowners safe.

Top 10 List: Best Home Security Tips & Hacks

Home Security Analyst got lots of positive feedback for our recent article 5 home security tips. We decided to give you 5 more security tips so you could have a full top ten list of home security tips and hacks. Put all 10 into practice for the best home security results!

Know your neighbors to help keep your home secure when you’re away

Did you know having a casual relationship with your neighbors could increase your home security? How is that, you might ask? Well, if you know your neighbors, they’re more likely to look out for you when you are not home or when you’re out of town. “We all need to watch out for each other more, and in too many cases we spend more time at work or online and we don’t know the people around us that we should help or who could help us in an emergency,” Purcell said. Why befriend the neighborhood gossip? Because he or she is the person who knows everything happening on the street. He or she will let you know if there is some stranger lurking around, or if someone is snooping about your house when you aren’t there.

Clean out your home garage and park your car in it!

Yet many homeowners fill their garage with so much old furniture and so many boxes of old stuff that they end up parking their cars in the driveway or the street. By cleaning out the garage and parking your vehicle inside, you can protect yourself in two ways. First, you prevent your car from being stolen, broken into or otherwise vandalized. Second, if your car is regularly parked inside, it’s harder for a potential thief to track your comings and goings. Don’t forget to shut the garage door whenever you don’t need access to it.

Leave the lights on when you are not home.

If you live on a dark street or the entrances to your home are in dark areas, use motion-sensor lights that turn on automatically if there is activity close to the house. The lights don’t have to be spotlights, but should be bright enough to deter someone from trying to enter your home. If you’re going to be away from home for any length of time, use timers on lights inside the house so the place looks occupied. Make sure the timers are used in multiple rooms and are used naturally.

Hide valuables in the walls for increased protection

We just published an article called 5 home security tips that has gotten great reader feedback and reviews. We decided to give you 5 more home security tips and hacks so you could have a top ten list of home security tips. Put all 10 security tips into practice to keep your home safe and protected! “There are lots of unused spaces in the walls between the studs, and they make perfect places to hide jewelry, guns and other valuables,” said DeAnna Radaj of the Bante Design Management Team in Charlotte, N.C. “To gain access, use a plate that was previously used for a landline or electrical outlet, or install a fake one,” Radaj said.

Lock your home doors and windows to stay safe!

These are the simplest, seemingly most obvious actions to take, but it is surprising how many people don’t bother to lock the doors or windows. Some people think they live in a safe neighborhood and don’t lock doors or windows. Other people just forget. The majority of thieves are looking for the easiest way in, and in many cases, that’s through an unlocked door or an opened ground-floor window. Even if you are home alone during the day, the doors (including screen doors and patio doors) should be kept locked to keep intruders from just walking in.