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A fake alarm box won’t work

It’s a common theme on this blog, but it bears repeating: burglars choose soft targets. Some people imagine that thieves spend weeks casing a house and recording the homeowners movements, but the truth is that many burglaries are at least semi-opportunistic. This makes visual deterrents a very powerful tool in home and business security. A business that looks well-maintained and looked after, for instance, will attract far less attention than one with broken windows or rusty gates. However, there are caveats to this argument. In this post, we explain why having a fake alarm box probably won’t do the trick.

Opportunistic thieves

Writing for @independent, Sophie Morris explains that burglars like an easy target:

“Having only one lock on the front door is an invitation to a burglar to try and break it. Have-a-go housebreakers will peer through letterboxes and can easily get access if you have not put a cage or net around the box on the inside. Evidence of pets is also a temptation. Displaying a sign such as “beware of the dog” or having an “I love cats” sticker in your window suggest that if there is an alarm system fitted, it isn’t in use. Fitting a cat flap into a door will weaken the door and make it easier to break down.”

Additionally, having a fake alarm box (or even a disconnected real one) is likely to do more harm than good. They can actually become another sign that a home is vulnerable. If they look disused, dirty, or cracked, a burglar can be confident of a lack of security. Additionally, many experienced thieves are actually rather adept at spotting fake boxes from real ones. In essence, a fake alarm box only works if it dupes a burglar. And there’s no way of knowing for sure if it will do the job.

Investing in the real thing

Your best bet is to combine the deterrent posed by CCTV cameras and alarm boxes with a high-quality, integrated security system. There’s optional extras like perimeter sensors, security lighting and a security gate available too, all of which will further convince any opportunistic thief that there’s nothing to be gained trying to break into your home. Furthermore, windows and doors can be fitted with impact sensors, so the alarm will sound if it registers someone trying to break in through one of these points of entry.

There’s one major benefit to installing a security system that we haven’t mentioned: remote monitoring. Regardless of the option you choose, a remote monitoring option like Redcare will mean that someone is paying attention at all times, even when you’re out or away. If it registers that your system is being interfered with by an intruder, it will send a signal to a remote monitoring station, and the authorities will be contacted immediately.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a security system, take a look around our site, or get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.

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