It’s well known that a burglar is more likely to avoid a home they believe is occupied, which is why it’s often recommended to leave the TV or a lamp on if you plan to be out for the evening.
However, if you’re going away on holiday you obviously don’t want to leave an electrical item on for that period of time. Recently I’ve found a device online that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television, which looks pretty convincing!
FakeTV produces exactly the same sort of light a real television makes so from outside it looks like someone is inside watching TV. Apparently the light mimics the effects of scene changes, colour shifts, and on-screen motion. I don’t think they’re available to buy in stores in the UK yet, but I’ve spotted a few in-stock on Amazon and Find Me A Gift.
I haven’t been paid to promote this by the way, I just thought it was a pretty nice burglary deterrent idea!