FakeTV Visual Burglar & Intruder Deterrent (fulfilled by Amazon) £26 - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit
More of a heads up than a deal. Disturbed a burglar yesterday, thankfully nothing of worth taken, have been looking at deterrents since (horse, stable...I know). Came across this gadget which I think sounds effective.
Can be had around this price +/- £2-3 from other less well known sellers.

Make Burglars think you are at home with the FakeTV visual burglar deterrent. The FakeTV is quick & easy to set up, simply place it near a window and its internal light sensor will automatically trigger the super bright multi-colour LED lights at dusk, simulating a working television set. The FakeTV is eco friendly using less power than a night light and is safer than leaving a television set running when no-one is at home. Real Burglars know that Real TVs do not work on timers! FEATURES: ? Visual deterrent to intruders/burglars: giving the appearance that someone is at home watching TV ? Realistic TV programme simulation: completely unpredictable, no light or colour pattern repeats ? Simulates scene changes, light fades, light flickering, on-screen motion & colour changes ? Eco friendly - uses less power than a night light ? The built in computer controls its super bright multi-colour LED light output - equivalent to a typical 27" TV ? Light sensor automatically triggers the FakeTV at dusk ? Two settings: Dusk+4 hours and Dusk+7 hours ? Automatically turns on when dark outside (0.5 lux) ? Automatic shut-off at the switch selectable time ? Mains powered - 240V AC Adapter included IDEAL FOR: Deterring intruders during the hours of darkness by giving the appearance that someone is watching TV. PRODUCT DETAILS: Weight: 212g (inc. packaging) Dimensions: 8cm x 7cm x 5cm Power Supply: 240V Installation: Place the FakeTV in a room where the light from the FakeTV can be seen from outside, but the FakeTV unit itself cannot be seen (upright standing or hung on a hook) B) Plug the unit into the adapter and the adapter into a suitable 13amp mains socket. C) The FakeTV will turn on automatically as preset Note: Occupancy simulation devices do not replace Alarm Systems, they are designed to make your home look occupied thereby deterring intruders/burglars.
Deal Tags:
More From Amazon:
×
Get the Hottest Deals Daily
Stay informed. Once a day, we'll send you the deals our members voted as the best.
Failed
aztech Avatar
5y, 9m agoFound 5 years, 9 months ago
Options

All Comments

(30) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
#1
spend your money on better locks/physical security. if your home is harder to break into, the burglar will look for an easier target.

these things are crap - all a burglar would do is knock on the door - no answer, they're in, if you do answer "oh sorry does billy live here?"
#2
scrumpypaul
spend your money on better locks/physical security. if your home is harder to break into, the burglar will look for an easier target.

these things are crap - all a burglar would do is knock on the door - no answer, they're in, if you do answer "oh sorry does billy live here?"


+

Parents neighbours were broken into as they had an old back kitchen door.
Crowbar + wooden frame + wooden door = bye bye door.
Three decades in London I'm pretty sure we've had attempts but never been burgled I checking windows and doors are locked and double glazing two main reasons we were never robbed
I always encourage parents. housemates etc to to deadbolt the door when locking/closing from the inside so the doors three bolts + latch all engage and it's properly locked.
Over winter I locked the bathroom windows to ensure noone go up onto garage and got in, some tenants (girls usually ime) don't seem to understand what drafts/security is.
1 Like #3
If someones determined nothing will stop them trying, short of standing guard 24/7. This has had some decent reviews on Amazon - just hope it deters someone away from my house.
1 Like #4
Why not just leave your TV on?

With reference to scrumpypaul, we often don't answer the door. We hear a knock, go to the door, look through the spy hole, if we don't know the person or they are not delivering something then the door stays shut. 9 times out of 10 they'll be trying to sell a product or service, well if I didn't need that product or service 5 minutes ago, I still don't want/need it now. If they're knocking at the wrong door, then that's their problem. If they're checking if someone is in before they attempt to break in then I'm more than happy to show them how silly they have been when they enter my property.
1 Like #5
Why not use the £25 to buy a DAB radio and leave it on?
1 Like #6
leave a light on when you go out, miles more effective than having better security, alarms or cameras for the average household
#7
website for the product FakeTV
#8
So it triggers when it sees movement? So a burgular comes up to the window and you switch the tv on????? Really sorry I don't get this???? The job I do I would say to anyone to tighten security but in my opinion I agree with fitting more security devices I.e locks etc.
3 Likes #9
Sounds like a good idea. But at just 3 inches or so in size, containing a small handful of LEDs and a little PCB, I suspect effective imitations will be appearing in local Pound shops in the near future.
#10
Or the neighbour that lived opposite my Dad's house used to be away a lot and had a very old TV (The type with the press on/off latching power switch). He set a plug in timer for it to come on every night at 6 till 12:30 am. It was all going great and then.... They switched off the analogue transmitter!!! DOH! :)
#11
got one last year ,great device.looks like idle son is watching tv in upstairs bedroom.well worth its money.
1 Like #12
coppers459
So it triggers when it sees movement? So a burgular comes up to the window and you switch the tv on????? Really sorry I don't get this???? The job I do I would say to anyone to tighten security but in my opinion I agree with fitting more security devices I.e locks etc.

The sensor is triggered at dusk not by movement!
#13
I was unfortunate to be burguled 2 weeks before christmas i have a good alarm system a good house dog a soni security light out the back which lights the back garden up like blackpool.But i was still burguled they smashed the full glass out of my patio door they had gained acess via my neighbours property like others have said were do you stop ? a good majority of these scum are on drugs so they dont give a sh*t who they affect they want to be in and get gear to flog and get there next fix.Most of the time you are watched leaving the house by thieves so i dont think such an item as a fake tv would put em off they would probaly nick it as well!
#14
I've seen these working it is pretty effective.

Every little deterrant helps.
#15
I have a house which is completely empty and I KEEP getting pestered by the TV licence people bothering me about my not having a licence.

Although thye haven't visited (Yet) one of these installed would REALLY get their juces flowing.
I wouldn't hear the last of it.:)
#16
@ mickymcd

+1, just that mine was 2 weeks after xmas but they smashed the entire patio at 5pm!! Agree that these junkies do not give a toss they don't care even if they get their heads kicked in! Pretty hard to stop people with such a mindset. Such a shame that the current and previous governments keep bleating on about about immigrants when we have reared more than our fair share of delinquent criminal chavs! Sorry rant over. ;) have some heat OP
#17
gadget looks like a nice light show. Made me remember - I have two plastic balls that have random led colour changing lights, Poundland - might have the same effect through curtains, will check tonight.
#18
scrumpypaul
spend your money on better locks/physical security. if your home is harder to break into, the burglar will look for an easier target.these things are crap - all a burglar would do is knock on the door - no answer, they're in, if you do answer "oh sorry does billy live here?"

Admit it, your a burglar aint you?
#19
craigstephens
scrumpypaul
spend your money on better locks/physical security. if your home is harder to break into, the burglar will look for an easier target.these things are crap - all a burglar would do is knock on the door - no answer, they're in, if you do answer "oh sorry does billy live here?"


Admit it, your a burglar aint you?



wash your mouth out............

in my job i do have to deal with the life changing scum and their victims on a fairly regular basis though. that's why i would always advocate physical security over gadgets to deter them or at least make their life difficult. decent quality locks aren't very expensive and simple common sense can go a long way to making their "job" harder.
#20
Its amazing how many people leave keys in the lock right next to a letterbox, a bit of stiff wire bent into a hook at the end and you have the keys and let yourself in within seconds (easier with mortice locks as you can manipulate the key out of the hole from outside to grab it once on the hook).

Locks on UPVC doors are hard to do this with if the key is partially turned, but those locks are generally easy to pick with either a "bump key" which takes seconds and no real skill or with the correct pick and torsion wrench but takes skill and practice and a few minutes or so.

I advise to replace locks on UPVC doors and others that take a "yale" type key with ones specifically "anti-bump".


The majority of domestic burglary's are done by opportunists where they go out that night looking for somewhere to burgle (and often junkies), so having lamps come on at set times can be effective as they don't tend to "case out the joint" so would not see a pattern.

So unless you have valuable collections that would interest a "professional burglar" lights on timers work, if the burglar/s are pro's then no amount of deterrents would work and alarms are very ineffective too due to the nature of the thief who can bypass whatever you throw at them.
#21
Useful thread, thanks guys. I have an old house with mortice locks, so could do with some yale locks like the ones mentioned.
#22
gherkingHUD
Useful thread, thanks guys. I have an old house with mortice locks, so could do with some yale locks like the ones mentioned.


Mortice locks are fine so long as you dont leave the keys in, they are an absolute nightmare to pick (I keep trying with old locks but still havent mastered it, tubular locks, padlocks, yale locks and euro locks are easy, mortice locks are no go for me any higher than 3 lever.) The only weak point of mortice locks is not the lock itself but the fact they tend to be in wooden framed doors which will break with a few good kicks - something the average burglar would avoid, even with a pry bar the noise is too great.

*Note: My lock picking is just as a hobby (google locksport) its like the challenge of a complex puzzle, I also demonstrate to people I know weak points in their home security, and once had to get my neighbour in due to locking herself out! No illegal activities involved.
#23
I guess my next weak point is the single glazing. My spaniel is a good deterrent, but as you say, meathead junkies will wait til I go on a dog walk to go for my valuables.
#24
gherkingHUD
I guess my next weak point is the single glazing. My spaniel is a good deterrent, but as you say, meathead junkies will wait til I go on a dog walk to go for my valuables.

Wooden or UPVC frames? The older UPVC frames can have the strip removed from the outside and the glass panel itself just lifted out. So wooden would be more secure, more modern (last 10 years or so) UPVC frames have the strip on the inside.

The best security is having low hedges/fences that can be seen over and security lights that come on as soon as someone is on your property, no one wants to be illuminated and in full view when doing wrong.
#25
harlzter

Wooden or UPVC frames? The older UPVC frames can have the strip removed from the outside and the glass panel itself just lifted out. So wooden would be more secure, more modern (last 10 years or so) UPVC frames have the strip on the inside.


That's a scary thought. Lucky I've got wooden frames!
Very reassuring, thanks.
#26
harlzter
gherkingHUD
I guess my next weak point is the single glazing. My spaniel is a good deterrent, but as you say, meathead junkies will wait til I go on a dog walk to go for my valuables.
Wooden or UPVC frames? The older UPVC frames can have the strip removed from the outside and the glass panel itself just lifted out. So wooden would be more secure, more modern (last 10 years or so) UPVC frames have the strip on the inside.

The best security is having low hedges/fences that can be seen over and security lights that come on as soon as someone is on your property, no one wants to be illuminated and in full view when doing wrong.

We replaced our aluminium double glazed kitchen window a few years ago, the glazing strips for that were on the outside. It took just a screwdriver and less than five minutes to remove the main glass panel, all done from the outside, and no noise to speak of. And it only took that long because it was a really large and very heavy panel, and of course we hadn't done it before.

pyracantha (aka firethorn) makes very good anti-burglar hedging :)
#27
harlzter
gherkingHUD
Useful thread, thanks guys. I have an old house with mortice locks, so could do with some yale locks like the ones mentioned.

Mortice locks are fine so long as you dont leave the keys in, they are an absolute nightmare to pick (I keep trying with old locks but still havent mastered it, tubular locks, padlocks, yale locks and euro locks are easy, mortice locks are no go for me any higher than 3 lever.) The only weak point of mortice locks is not the lock itself but the fact they tend to be in wooden framed doors which will break with a few good kicks - something the average burglar would avoid, even with a pry bar the noise is too great.

*Note: My lock picking is just as a hobby (google locksport) its like the challenge of a complex puzzle, I also demonstrate to people I know weak points in their home security, and once had to get my neighbour in due to locking herself out! No illegal activities involved.

5-lever Mortice locks are usually an insurance requirement on wooden doors. Not only are they harder to pick than yale type locks, they should make the door a little harder to kick in, than one fitted with night latches.
#28
sounds like the scene from Home Alone
#29
melted
harlzter
gherkingHUD
Useful thread, thanks guys. I have an old house with mortice locks, so could do with some yale locks like the ones mentioned.


Mortice locks are fine so long as you dont leave the keys in, they are an absolute nightmare to pick (I keep trying with old locks but still havent mastered it, tubular locks, padlocks, yale locks and euro locks are easy, mortice locks are no go for me any higher than 3 lever.) The only weak point of mortice locks is not the lock itself but the fact they tend to be in wooden framed doors which will break with a few good kicks - something the average burglar would avoid, even with a pry bar the noise is too great.

*Note: My lock picking is just as a hobby (google locksport) its like the challenge of a complex puzzle, I also demonstrate to people I know weak points in their home security, and once had to get my neighbour in due to locking herself out! No illegal activities involved.


5-lever Mortice locks are usually an insurance requirement on wooden doors. Not only are they harder to pick than yale type locks, they should make the door a little harder to kick in, than one fitted with night latches.

Thats why I mentioned anything over 3 lever locks, as they tend to be in odd numbers the next step up is 5 then 7 lever locks, remember that locks are only as good as what they are fastened into though, so if your frame isnt securely fixed or starting to warp then the lock isnt going to hold upto brute force. The average junkie burglar likes an easy quick and quiet entry method though so open windows or keys left where they can hook them are easy targets.
1 Like #30
Just leave your door wide open if you don't want burgled!
A few years ago my wife and I went off to work together in the morning. When we came home our front door was wide open and the house was freezing. We immediately thought that we'd been burgled but, when we looked around nothing had been touched. What had happened was that both of us had simply forgotten to close the door when we left in the morning yet amazingly no one had entered the house. It is highly likely that seeing the open door everyone assumed that someone was inside and had deliberately left it open. Needless to say we haven't done this again as it was a very lucky escape.
As to the Fake TV product, I think it is a good idea. A little expensive for what it is but everything you can do to deter burglars the better.

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Top of Page
Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!