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Fake TV:

If you are looking effective, affordable way to deter criminals from breaking into your home at night, the FakeTV Burglar Deterrent is the perfect solution. FakeTV is a plug-in unit about the size of a coffee cup that simulates light output equivalent to a typical 27" TV. A built-in light sensor automatically turns the device on at night and/or when lighting in a room turns black (at 0.5 lux). From outside your home, it looks like someone is home watching TV.

I thank Denis Grosz for the pointer.

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Or you could...simply leave the TV on. It seems to me there are markets in everything because, so often, people are so damn stupid.

Perhaps because leaving the TV on uses a lot more electricity than a flourescent bulb of the same output? Or that leaving a TV on will shorten its lifetime? Or maybe some people don't even own a television? So often, people who are trying to be so smart are so damn stupid.

I leave my 46" Sony on all day an evening while gone, and my monthly electric bill hovers around $50. I leave it on to keep the dogs from noticing and reacting to small noises outside. But my home hasn't been burglarized in awhile. Now I know why.

I'd be curious on the differences in power consumption before I'd say it is just as good to leave the actual TV on

It uses 3.0 watts operating, 1.8 watts standby ("draws less power than a night light"). Plus, it has a light sensor so it only comes on (automatically) when it's dark.

Presumably it makes no sound though. Will smart burglars bounce a laser beam off your window?

Hmmm, interesting how it automatically added those little icons. I guess Tyler gets a commission if someone buys something through clicking on those?

this might be good for home alone but i think the cost for a burglar walking up to a window and peeping in is pretty small.

youd have to put one in every room so the burglars wouldnt know which one to avoid

Most of the comments (even sarcarstic ones) are spot on, with a few clarifications:
- A light on a timer remains a good idea! We (the makers of FakeTV) recommend it, and I use one (in addition to FakeTV) when I go on vacation.
- TV's turn on with buttons, so they cannot be put on timers. That's part of why FakeTV is so effective-- when you see a TV on, you just assume someone is watching it.
- To everyone who thinks security conciousness is a dumb idea: you are the people we are redirecting the burglars to!

"Or you could...simply leave the TV on. It seems to me there are markets in everything because, so often, people are so damn stupid."

But I don't have a TV.

That won't help us or our neighborhood. The burglar run on our neighborhood a couple of summers back was for homes with TVs. That is exactly what they stole. They saw the light on and hit homes at 5am on average.

I'd say it's a stupid waste.

The alternative is good but I'd be curious on the differences in power consumption before I'd say it is just as good to leave the actual TV on.

I am also agree with the "keeping radio on". By that way we can save the electricity and also fulfill our motive

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