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Signs are meant to be read. They exist to prevent tragedies, awkward situations, and miscommunication. People create signs to protect the human race. The same thing goes home security companies. When it comes to protecting the house, they have created signs to warn burglars that this would not be a good idea to try and break into the house. But, what if the home owner cannot afford to have a fancy home security system to keep their beloved homes safe? It should be easy to get a sign that says that the house is protected by a home security system, right? Well, it is not always that easy. While a sign might send away burglars to keep the house safe, a fake sign might actually do more harm than good. Protect America lists three facts about why fake signs are not a good idea.

  • Smart Burglars Can Spot the Difference
  • There is the Nasty Little Copyright Dance
  • Shooting Oneself in the Foot

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Smart Burglars Can Spot the Difference

Burglars vary depending on the person. The smart ones can call a home owner’s bluff. It does not take long to do the research about a sign on Google.  One check later, the cover is blown. Smart Wise points out how with,

Smart thieves can Google the company displayed on your fake signs and verify their authenticity. If it looks bogus to them, your cover will be blown.

Sometimes, it does not even take that much. Sometimes, burglars can tell the difference just by looking at the sign. A real home security sign will have a legitimate brand on them. If it sounds slightly fake to a burglar, the home owner might as well have that sign say, “Please rob me, I do not have real protection here.” Plus, smart burglars will take the time to scope out the house and learn the routines of the home owner. They could use their eyes and ears to see if their target really has a home security system as advertised in the yard. They will pay attention to see if the home owner is arming their house with the security system they are claiming to have.

There is the Nasty Little Copyright Dance

Copyright exists to protect artists and companies from losing money and thieves. Fake security yard signs are a technical copyright infringement. If word gets out that a home security company’s name is being used without their permission, they have grounds to sue for copyright infringement. Depending on how the law goes, it could cost the home owner time and money when it is over and done with. Before purchasing a fake sign and using it on the yard, a home owner has to ask themselves, is it really worth it just to feel safe when they cannot afford an actual home security system?

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Shooting Oneself in the Foot

When broken down, having a fake home security yard sign actually does more harm than good. Some thieves are so desperate that they ignore the yard sign and take the risk of getting caught. If the home owner’s bluff is called, there can be nothing done by the security company they claim they are protected by. When they actually have the home security company protecting the house, the home owner will be alarmed right away, giving the chance to call 911 as fast as they can. The houses themselves will sound the alarm when they are broken into. But without the actual security system protecting the house, the thieves can make off with precious belongings, leaving the home owners helpless until after the fact. The police can only do so much afterwards. Another problem with fake home security yard signs is that they can lead to a sense of false security. When that happens, people start to ignore common sense itself. If a home owner leaves the doors and windows all of the time, what is the point of having a sign in the yard in the first place? That sign might as well say, “Come on and rob me!”