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Hacking Home Security

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“Life hacks” are awesome tips and tricks that make everyday tasks easier. From folding a t-shirt in two seconds, to making your whole house smell great for days by heating some vanilla extract in the oven for a few minutes life hacks are mostly useful and can be life-changing.

However, there is a problematic breed of life hack in existence. These life hacks claim to simplify home security, ensuring safety for you and your family for fractions of the cost and time of a real security system. At first glance, it seems the innovative minds behind these security hacks are onto something. In reality, they have severely underestimated both burglars and the smart home security systems from ASI Connect.

We’re here with our own tips and tricks to show how common home security life hacks don’t measure up to the real deal when it comes to smart security systems.

Life Hack #1: False Advertising

One of the most common security hacks involves placing fake “Beware of Dog” or security company signs around your home to make it seem like you possess real defenses. The idea is that these signs are enough to deter burglars without needing to actually purchase a solution.

So why doesn’t this hack work? First of all, if your signs are for a fake security company, burglars can easily tell. They can use Google, after all. As for “Beware of Dog” signs or decals from real security companies, many intruders will test to see if these have truth behind them. If they see you don’t have an intimidating dog (or no dog at all), or if they notice a lack of security features denoting a functioning system, the jig is up. Burglars make plenty of questionable life decisions, but they aren’t necessarily dumb enough to fall for such a simple trick.

Using a sign or logo for a real security company might also have legal repercussions for you. If you haven’t actually purchased their services you might be asked to cease and desist posting their logo on your unsecured home. Things could get worse if your house is broken into with said sign on display – the company might pursue you for reputational and other legal damages for making them look bad. In the end, fake signs really just aren’t worth it.

Life Hack #2: Signs of Life

Another set of security hacks attempt to make your home look occupied even when it’s not. When done unprofessionally, leaving lights and radios on all day or parking your car in the driveway will actually put your home at greater risk (and might run up your electricity bill). It’s true that signs of someone being home can stop a burglar from attempting a break-in, but if they’re staking out your house and notice the lights never turn off or the car never moves, they’ll likely call your bluff.

With a professional smart security system installed, your lights and radio can be set on timers to turn on and off realistically, creating a believable illusion of occupation. With a smart doorbell you can answer the front door via your smartphone thanks to a built-in camera and speaker. A potential burglar won’t know if you’re home or not, but they will know you’re watching. Plus with all of these features, you can keep your car in the garage to protect it from potential break-ins.

Life Hack #3: Lights, Fake Cameras, …Action?

The last life hack we’ll tackle is actually one of the most dangerous to attempt. “Hackers” claim that placing fake security cameras around your property is a foolproof tactic to preventing burglaries and keeping your home safe. All this for a fraction of the time and cost of a true security system. While a naive burglar might fall for this trick and leave your home alone at the sight of any cameras, more experienced criminals will see through the charade. In essence, they’ll realize you went with a cheap trick and that your house is relatively unprotected.

Even worse, if a robber decides your cameras are fake and decides to make a move, you’ll have no warning. Cameras are more than just scarecrows for criminals, they also let you see what’s going on so you can call for help. Obviously, fake cameras are of no use when a real robbery occurs. These fakes are meant to prevent crime, but they can inadvertently motivate it instead. This is a life hack we strongly discourage as it can backfire in a real way.

When it comes to home security, the best life hack is getting an ASI Connect personalized smart system. Not only can you get a real decal to warn potential burglars that your home is protected by state-of-the-art technology, you can also get custom equipment to make your home look truly occupied, and real security cameras that alert your smartphone when something is awry.

The smart home security systems we offer have many different options in addition to those we’ve discussed, all at affordable prices and with efficient installs. Life hacks are great for household tasks, but be sure to leave your home’s security and your own peace of mind to the professionals.

Ron Anderson
rda@asisecurity.solutions
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