Easy and Affordable Burglar Deterrent Gadgets

by | May 2, 2022 | Learning Center

When it comes to keeping your home or business safe and protected, few things are better than a security camera.

A dark home with no visible security or the home with a couple of cameras. Which one would you target? 

In fact, 80% of surveyed burglars said they first check for a security system before a break-in, and 60% of them move on to the next house if they find one. 

But that’s not to suggest cameras are the only thing that works. 

There’s no shortage of gadgets that protect your property, and most are readily available and affordable. Home protection devices should serve at least one of two purposes (ideally both):

  1. Make your property look well protected against intrusion and/or occupied
  2. Increase the risk of detection for the burglar 

Security cameras check those boxes. 

Burglars want it dark and quiet for obvious reasons. They want to slip in and out of an empty property unseen and unnoticed. 

These burglar deterrent gadgets make it difficult to do so.  

Exterior Lighting

A well lit exterior is a solid deterrent. Even lights that are turned on at dusk and off at dawn eliminate the cover of darkness that burglars rely on. 

But an even better option is outdoor lighting that is activated by a motion sensor. Not only does it throw a spotlight on anyone trying to sneak up on your property, it can alert you and your neighbors to their presence. A light turning on in the middle of the night gets attention. 

A motion-activated wedge light is a good option. It installs virtually anywhere, costs less than $50, and its integrated solar panel keeps it charged and ready to go, 24/7/365. 

Motion Sensors

A good security system will include this technology, but you can pick up some inexpensive portable sensors to go along with that. 

These are generally not much bigger than a deck of cards, and can notify you via a mobile app whenever they detect movement within or without your property. Some can even link to a smart thermostat to turn your heat down when no one is home, thereby saving you money. Win-win. 

Put one in your garage, backyard shed, by the stairs, sliding doors, or anywhere else you want a little extra security. 

Smart Interior Lights

Would-be burglars are looking for empty properties, so anything you can do to at least give the appearance that someone is home will make your place a less appealing target.

Smart light bulbs work with a mobile app or home hub. They can be turned on remotely, or by a set schedule. Even when you’re away for the night or longer, it can make it seem as though someone is there.

The BeON LED bulbs take that a step further. In addition to the features already mentioned, these bulbs have an embedded microphone that can turn on when they hear the doorbell.

As many burglars like to knock or ring the bell to confirm a place is empty, this can be a fantastic deterrent that sends thieves scurrying away.  

Door Wedges

Deterrent devices don’t have to be fancy. Case in point: door wedges. 

These little gadgets are cheap, portable, and easy to use. Turn it on, slide it under a door you want to monitor, and an alarm of 120dB or more goes off if anyone tries to open it. Simple, but effective. 

Use them at home, on the road, in your son or daughter’s dorm room, or on vacation. The $15-20 you’ll spend on it buys plenty of peace of mind. 


Television Simulator

Some deterrent gadgets are so elegant and simple, you can’t help but wonder “why didn’t I think of that?!” 

Ever notice the flickering colors in the windows of someone watching television at night? It’s instantly recognizable. 

You could just leave your actual television on when you head out, but that can shorten its lifespan and increase your electricity bill.

Instead, grab a television simulator light. It’ll flicker, fade, swell, and change colors just like a real television, but only uses the same amount of power as a typical night light. Most include a timer function as well, and come in at well under $40. 

Because nothing says someone is home like the television on at night. 

Door and Window Alarms

Here’s what the data tells us:

Door and window alarms install quickly — most via adhesive tape — and use magnets to detect when something is opened. 

You place the sensor and magnet strip within a half-inch or so of each other when the door or window is closed. If someone opens them — thereby separating the sensor and magnet — an alarm of 120dB or more is triggered. 

These work on regular doors, sliding doors, windows that slide open, windows that push open, and more. 

Widely available, you can usually get a pack of 6 for roughly $30, so covering your ground floor windows and doors doesn’t cost a fortune.

You’ll sometimes see suggestions to get a fake camera or two, or a sign that says “This house is protected by Acme (or whoever) Security”.

While a visible security camera is definitely a deterrent — likewise a sign when you do have a security system in place — fake or dummy ones accomplish very little. Should a burglar ignore them and break in anyway, you’ll have no footage to share with police, no alarm to notify neighbors, you, or your family.

Security cameras with integrated lighting and/or motion sensors are your best bet for protecting your property and those you love. But there’s no harm in adding a few of these low-cost deterrent gadgets to further prevent burglars from breaking into your home.

$40 or so to beef up security and increase your peace of mind is money well spent.

You don’t have to make your home a fortified castle. You just need to make it look like you did.

And for more crime preventative measures, crime prevention through environmental design is a philosophy that encourages the use of deliberate design elements to eliminate or reduce criminal behavior before it happens.

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