A few properties in my street have installed dummy alarm boxes or dummy cameras as there has been a rise in break ins recently. Its too soon to tell if they’re proving to be worth it but I am considering getting one so I’ve looked into the facts and reviews online and heres my thoughts.
Dummy cameras and alarms are actually really cheap and can be picked up at your local homeware store usually. A report from Axa Business Insurance says only 9% of rental properties that have been burgled had alarms installed and 26% had external locks on doors and windows.
Other than these reports it is really hard to see how effective fake cameras and alarms are. A number of reformed burglars reveal their tricks of the trade to help police and heres a report i found of one. “We always want to be in and out as quickly as possible and ALWAYS try avoid confrontation. So we avoid properties with alarms and CCTV as it just causes extra hassle” This would obviously suggest that visible CCTV or Alarms is a good thing.
However your insurance providers seem to think that skilled burglars can spot the fakes easily. Adding a real alarm can actually bring your insurance premium now if it is monitored.
Heres a tip for people moving into a new area and looking into their insurance. If your insurer insists on having an alarm on their home insurance policy then there is definitely a reason behind it. Usually this means they’ve experienced a high number of burglaries in your area.
Personally I’m getting the real ones – I don’t want to pretend i feel safe, whereas knowing I’ve definetely got the cameras and got the alarm will just make me feel more secure. I don’t want to risk everything on whether or not the burglar knows what their doing or not.