Neighborhood Watch Groups Tricking Burglars with FakeTV
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Neighborhood watch groups have a new way to encourage burglars to move on to the next neighborhood: FakeTV. A FakeTV™ is a device about the size of a coffee cup that produces exactly the same sort of light that a real television set produces. Viewed from outside the home, it looks like somebody must be home watching TV. This makes the home look occupied, and makes it a poor choice for a break in. For this reason, neighborhood watch groups, crime prevention agencies, home associations, and others have been recommending FakeTV and buying the units in groups.
When a would-be thief sees the flickering light from a television, he usually assumes that someone must be home watching it. This makes that home an unappealing choice for a break-in ... better to choose an obviously unoccupied house, and reduce the odds of getting caught. Crime prevention measures such as FakeTV help entire neighborhoods. If the burglar thinks a house is occupied, he is also less likely to target the house next door. Why risk having the neighbor hear the sound of a breaking window? This "strength of the herd" approach is part of why neighborhood watch groups are successful in reducing crime. If an entire neighborhood becomes diligent in its crime prevention measures, thieves learn to target a different area.
Thus, many law enforcement agencies have been recommending FakeTV as part of their neighborhood watch programs. Chief Michael Fields of the Yuma, CO police department said of FakeTV: "We promote this tool for community members who may be out of town or on vacation. Keep in mind that this is not a substitute for deadbolts, dogs, effective lighting, and other crime prevention methods, but a great addition for those that like to be proactive and deter criminals." FakeTV has a built-in light sensor and timer, so it is simple to use.
If you lack a neighborhood watch group in your area, your local law enforcement agency can almost certainly help you set one up. Neighborhood watch groups are also a great way to get to know your neighbors. FakeTV costs about $30 online at http://www.FakeTV.com. Group discounts are available for neighborhood watch programs. FakeTV was introduced by Hydreon Corporation of Eden Prairie, Minnesota in 2008 and tens of thousands of units have been sold worldwide. FakeTV is a trademark of Hydreon Corporation. For more information, visit http://www.faketv.com or call 1-877-5-FAKETV (1-877-532-5388).
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SOURCE Hydreon Corporation