So how do you make it look like someone is home all the time?

Light Up a Room (From the Road)

Turning lights on with a timer is nothing new. Your parents may have used those old light timers to do that. But now you can use an app, and you have to admit that's more fun. And you can program your lights to come on at more random times to make it more realistic.

Fake a TV Binge

Yes, it's the old trick of leaving the TV on. You can save the life of your TV by getting a little FakeTV gizmo that projects light onto the curtains for the same effect. The device works on a timer or light sensor to switch on when it gets dark.

Make Some Noise

Burglars are a jumpy lot, for good reason. If they hear sounds, they will usually split. So why not make some noise? Of course, you can get an app for that. You can play noises of vacuuming or other household activities. Just try to make it somewhat realistic. So in other words, don't play more than one or two sounds at once.

Try a No-Tech Technique

Not everything requires a gadget. Here are ways to up your home security without downloading a single app:

  • Hire a house sitter. Then someone will be home.
  • Ask friends, family, or neighbors to just be present on your property — use your patio, play in your yard, or bring in the mail.
  • Invite a neighbor to keep a car parked in your driveway. During the holidays, they may be happy if they need overflow for visitors.
  • Install a fake security camera for as low as $8. Burglars may not notice these fakes don’t have all the wiring necessary to be real. And their blinking red lights offer reasonable doubt.
  • Get a dog. A real dog. While you’re at work or running errands, nothing deters bad guys and gals like a barking, slobbery security guard. And when you go away, having a pet sitter stay can be as economical as some boarding facilities (especially if you have multiple dogs), and you’ll get the benefit of a human and canine sentinel.

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