Effect of Yard Signs & Decals on Home Security
I have always been of the mindset that yard signs and window decals are your home’s first line of defense. And with an estimated 2 million break-ins in our country each year, I think we need all the help we can get.
Ward off intruders with yard signs and decals
Put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. You are walking around a neighborhood and spy two identical homes. Architecture is the same, paint color is the same, TV that you can see through the front window is the same. (Weird, right? Bear with me.) The only difference between these two homes is that one has a security yard sign and window decals at strategic locations around the property. As a burglar, which house would you choose to intrude? The contents are exactly the same; one has a security system. Personally, I don’t think I would risk it!
Start with deterrence.
I don’t think people understand the value of deterrence. Well-placed yard signs and stickers are the best way to let an intruder know that another house is a better target.
I have had a few customers mention this fear:
Won’t a yard sign help an intruder know how to break into my home?
In a nutshell, some of our customers are concerned that if the intruder knows they have an Ener-Tel system, they will be able to do research into how to override and defeat the Ener-Tel system. However, less than 15% of burglaries are pre-planned. Burglars are a pretty impulsive bunch. And more importantly, 60% of them said that if they knew the home had an alarm, they would move on to their next target.
The truth is nothing beats having an actual monitored home security system. Signs and decals are definitely the first line of defense, but when an intruder hears that keypad beeping its way to zero, they are way more likely to drop everything and scram.
Some homeowners just use window decals and yard signs because they don’t think they can afford an entire alarm system. Please don’t let this be a concern. Ener-Tel’s security systems are high-tech and affordable, and can work for your house, apartment, or even your business. Want to know more? Give us a call today.