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5 Ways Home Security Signs Deter Burglars

Jul 09, 2020|

Most homeowners agree keeping their homes safe from burglars is a top priority. The best way to do this is by making potential burglars think twice about targeting your home in the first place. 

While there are many ways you can do this–from keeping your home well-lit to installing cameras to getting a dog–one of the most effective deterrents is a home security sign. 

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The presence of a home security sign is a great way deter would-be burglars. Keep reading to learn more.

Why Home Security Signs Deter Burglars 

As the name implies, a security yard sign is a sign that homeowners place in their yards. It lets people know that your home is protected by a security system. To most people, the sign is just that–the name of the security company. 

But the message a security yard sign sends to burglars is more than just the company name. Take a look at what home security signs are really saying to a potential burglar.

1. “If you break in, everyone in the neighborhood will know.”

A burglar has one goalget in and get out without getting caught. If a burglar breaks into your home when your security system is armed, a loud alarm will sound. This not only alerts homeowners and neighbors that the home has been broken into, but it also sends the burglar into panic mode.

One survey of inmates serving time for burglary found that the majority of burglars would leave immediately if a security alarm went off. The thought of calling attention to their crime with a loud alarm is enough to make most burglars think twice before breaking in.

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2. “Smile for the security camera!”

In most cases, a home security system is more than just a loud alarm. It’s a comprehensive ecosystem of devices that include motion and glass break sensors, lighting, and security cameras.

Not only do burglars not want to be seen, but they don’t want their break-in (or their identity) immortalized on film. A video surveillance sign, along with a yard security sign, will let intruders know your home is protected by video surveillance. 

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With an outdoor security camera installed, you'll send the message that your home is protected.

3. “The police will be here soon.”

The best home security systems also include professional monitoring. A professionally monitored security system will notify the authorities when an alarm is tripped, so the police will be on their way even if the house is empty. 

4. “This system is the real deal.”

It's true that the mere presence of a home security sign may be enough to keep burglars away. But you may want to think twice before putting a fake sign up in your yard. Savvy burglars know the difference between a fake home security sign and a real one from a reputable company, and they won’t take the chance.

5. “Don't even bother going around the back.”

Most burglars will try to get in your house unnoticed, either through an unlocked door or window or through a back door, where people are less likely to see them. Alarm signs or stickers can also be placed on windows, fences, and back doors, letting burglars know the entire home is protected. 

The best ways to deter burglars 

If you want a security sign to be effective, you need to back it up with an actual home security system. 

When shopping for home security, look for features and devices that will deter burglars and keep your home and property safe. Some of the best include: 

Surveillance cameras 

Home security cameras are an effective visual deterrent for intruders as well as pranksters and vandals. Surveillance cameras you can place on your property include: 

  • Outdoor cameras. The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro is one of the best when it comes to deterring burglars. Not only does it begin recording crystal clear image when motion is detected, but its Smart Sentry feature works to let lurkers know they’ve been spotted. Once it identifies a lurker on your property, the camera activates an LED light and sounds a warning. This lets the lurker know they’ve been spotted and are being recorded. 
  • Doorbell cameras. It’s not just the inside of your home you need to protect. The average household receives 21 packages a year, a number that continues to climb and provides a prime target for package thieves. Doorbell cameras help catch and prevent potential porch pirates. The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro also helps deter package theft by using the same Smart Sentry feature as the Outdoor Camera Pro, letting the potential thief know they’re on camera. And with the largest field of view (180°x180°), the Doorbell Camera Pro catches all the action at your front porch.
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Ward off potential package thieves with the Vivint Doorbell Camera.

Burglary detection 

One of the most important features of a security system is burglary detection. With a Vivint security system, this includes: 

  • Motion sensors. The security system's in-home motion sensors go to work once your system is armed. If movement is detected, an alarm will sound and the security monitoring team will be notified so they can get in touch with you or contact the authorities. 
  • Door and window sensors. You may have a security sign in your yard, but some burglars will want to try their luck anyway and may test it by trying to open a door or a window. If a door or window is opened while the system is armed, the alarm will be tripped and the monitoring team will immediately be notified.
  • Glass break sensors. With glass break sensors, your windows and home exterior get an added level of security, setting off an alarm if the glass is broken.
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24/7 monitoring 

A monitoring company is a must. Without it, your security system is basically just a loud alarm. With Vivint's 24/7 monitoring, your home is protected around the clock. If an alarm is tripped, whether it's for a break-in, fire, or carbon monoxide, the monitoring company is immediately notified. From there, they'll get in touch with you and contact emergency personnel if needed. 

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With 24/7 monitoring from Vivint, you can rest easy knowing your home is always being watched over.

Home security sign FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions we receive about home security signs.

Are home security signs effective?

Yes! Most intruders recognize legitimate home security signs and don't want to take the risk of breaking into a home that is protected by a home security system.

Where should home security signs be placed?

In order to be effective, home security signs need to be visible. You can place them in your front yard, back yard, or anywhere a potential intruder is likely to try and break in. A Vivint system includes professional installation, and your technician can help recommend the most effective placement for your security sign.

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During installation, one of our Smart Home Pros can recommend the best place to put your Vivint home security sign.

Let Vivint help protect your home 

A home security system from Vivint means you'll get a sign you can display in your yard. This is a powerful deterrent against intruders. But more importantly, a Vivint security system provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home is protected around the clock. 

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