MINNEAPOLIS, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Every traveler knows that there is always a chance that he or she may come home to a house that has been broken into. Burglars target unoccupied homes, and leaving a home unoccupied is a part of the journey. Many savvy travelers now use a product called "FakeTV" that makes their homes look lived in, making them less likely targets. FakeTV™ is not some new reality show; it is a small device that produces exactly the same sort of light that a television produces. When the would-be burglar sees the light from FakeTV shining though the curtains, it looks just like somebody is home watching television.
You may have noticed light from your neighbor's television shining through the windows. The light is not random, but made up of the effects of scene changes, fades, on-screen motion, and other elements. It is sometimes static, sometimes pulsating, often colorful, and always changing. FakeTV is a sophisticated bit of engineering that faithfully reproduces all of these effects. Viewed from outside the home, FakeTV is essentially indistinguishable from the real thing. When you noticed your neighbor's television, you almost certainly assumed they were home watching it. For this reason, FakeTV is an effective burglar deterrent.
Thus, many frequent travelers have been using FakeTV as a home security tool. Police Chief Michael Fields of Yuma, Colorado writes: "This tool will provide the illusion that someone is home. Hopefully the bad guy will try another place or easier target due to the fact that someone may be home." He goes on to caution to "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." The security-minded traveler will also know to stop the mail and paper, and a light on a timer remains a good idea.
Despite ever-advancing technologies that allow us to communicate electronically, there are still many people for whom travel is a routine part of their business. FakeTV gives these travelers one more tool in the fight to keep their homes secure. No one measure, including FakeTV or an elaborate alarm system, is completely effective. A security mindset that is calm but vigilant is the best approach. FakeTV is made by Hydreon Corporation, a Minnesota technology company. It costs about $35 and is available from http://www.FakeTV.com. FakeTV is patented, and is a trademark of Hydreon Corporation.
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SOURCE Hydreon Corporation