This nifty home security device sets off an alarm, which in itself will help keep intruders at bay. A laser tripwire can also take a photo of the intruder and upload the photo to the Internet. Yes, he will run when the alarm sounds, but hopefully he won’t run for long, since the police will have a photo to help them track him down. Not all laser tripwire systems have the photo feature, and costs for systems varies.
Since the intruder must actually step into your home before the laser tripwire does its job, it’s great backup security. Of course, it’s always better to keep the bad guys out in the first place.
Many modern gadgets collect information about their owners, and the memory switch is no exception. It learns your routine of turning lights on and off, and it mimics that routine in your home when you’re not there. Anyone watching from the outside will assume that someone is home. In case someone scoping out your place is particularly observant, a memory switch can vary the on and off times slightly so it doesn’t look like the lights are just on a timer.
Fake TV Light Box
Like the memory switch, this gadget aims to stop thieves from even trying. A TV that’s turned on is a sure sign that someone is home, but if you don’t want to suffer the hit to your energy bill, a fake TV light box will do the trick. The moving lights mimic that from an active TV set. You can set it on a timer so it doesn’t stay on all night and stand out as an obvious trick.
Of course, this just simulates the light effects from a TV, so if a burglar gets close enough to listen and doesn’t hear the sound to go with the lights, he’ll know something is up.
Want to make a would-be thief jump out of his skin? A siren padlock sounds an alarm when moved. The alarm reaches up to 100 decibels — that’s about as loud as an average house or car stereo at max volume. To cause even more trouble for the bad guys when they try to cut the lock, the alloy of zinc and hardened steel that form some siren padlocks is extra tough.
Doorstep Wedge Alarm
This nifty gadget is one that can help keep you safe wherever you are — at home in your apartment or when you’re staying in a hotel. You tuck the doorstep wedge alarm under the door, and it sounds a piercing alarm (125 decibels) when moved.