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Dummy alarm box vs. the real thing – which is best?


Fixing a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign to your gate, even if you don’t have a pet pooch, can give an intruder the impression that your home may be more difficult to burgle than that of your neighbour, who may not display one of these signs. A deterrent can sometimes be effective, but not when it comes to alarm systems.



It’s certainly better on your pocket to fix a dummy box to the outside of your property; however, if it’s a box that’s widely available and which comes up on Google with one click of your mouse, don’t you think professionals would know it’s a dummy box, too? Wouldn’t that defeat its purpose somewhat?



When it comes to alarms, you get what you pay for, and although the Texecom alarm system is a little more expensive than a simple plastic cover in the shape of a burglar alarm’s bell box, it’s worth it to know that your property, your belongings, and the people closest to you are safe when you’re in the house and also when you’re away.


It could be argued that a dummy box is actually worse than having no sign of a burglar alarm at all. As mentioned, it will be clear to most intruders that your dummy box is exactly what it says it is; however, if there is no bell box, they have to consider the risk that there may still be a sophisticated alarm system within the property that will give them away the minute they step foot inside. By displaying a dummy box, you’re effectively advertising to criminals that this is the limit of your budget and security considerations when it comes to protecting your home.

Another reason householders are put off by a full-on alarm system is the hassle of installation and the changes they may need to make to their opening up/locking up routines to ensure the alarm isn’t unnecessarily triggered. Few people want to annoy their neighbours with a dodgy alarm going off every few minutes.


The good news with the Texecom system is that it’s wireless. It doesn’t need hard wiring into your electrics and it can be fitted by any DIY enthusiast. Its wireless capabilities afford extra control, too; you can set and turn off the system from anywhere, providing you can access an internet signal, which means you can turn it off wherever you are if someone in your family forgets their fob, or set it when at work if you were running late that morning and completely forgot to do so.


The fobs that come with the system require no remembering of codes. These tiny marvels can activate the system from a short distance—perfect when you need to put the car away in the garage and it’s chucking it down; no more dashing into the house to turn off the alarm first.



If you include an upgrade to Texecom’s ‘Master Blaster’, the sheer output of the system would see off any intruder if they managed to set the alarm off—well, it will if they want to keep their hearing intact. That’s because the Master Blaster is not an off the peg system that sounds the same as a car alarm and which no one bats an eyelid to. It does what it say on the tin.


If you’re away from home, your dummy box won’t tell you that someone’s been near, or on, your property, but the Texecom system will. It will notify you the instant your alarm has been triggered, which can bring great peace of mind.

Of course, there are other working alarm systems on the market, but none as effective and as affordable as the Texecom system. In itself, it is a deterrent to burglars, who will look for properties with dummy boxes instead of attempting to break into a property bearing this alarm.