Security signs are a huge deterrent when it comes to home security.
Typically, security signage is not found in and around residential settings, but a few quality, well placed security signs can be a great deterrent when it comes to protecting your house or property from criminal activity taking place.
Although we can’t display security signs at home like our featured image (above), there are plenty of other small subtle signs we can place around our property to help deter criminals from breaking in, burgling your house or stealing property from you. In this article we’ll look at the benefits of having home security signs, why you should tell some porkies and look at the best security signs you can buy for your home.
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(Last updated: September 2022)
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Benefits Of Security Signage At Home
Walk down any high street in the UK, and everywhere you look there will be signs. Warning signs, informational signs, advertising signs, navigational signs to name a few.
One might say that so many signs lead to sign blindness, where there’s just so many to look at and read, that we end up ignoring them all completely.
Security signage for home use is different though.
And that’s because the frontage of a typical house contains almost no signage whatsoever.
Subtle warning signs will be noticed almost immediately in a residential setting mainly because we are not fatigued by a plethora of other signage.
Security Signage As A Deterrent
Home security signage is used for one reason and one reason only: as a visible deterrent to warn any criminals or thieves that certain conditions and measures are in place to protect and defend the property against break ins, theft and criminal damage.
It’s another layer of security and we discussed this as a tactic in the article titled 75 Ways To Improve Home Security.
What Makes Good Security Signage?
Good home security signage needs to be subtle, whilst also being clear and visible.
After all, you don’t want your property to be full of signage plastered everywhere.
Deeper more vibrant colours of red, yellow and orange will be noticed more, and as far as words on signs go, less is more.
Basic image outlines also work very well – a simple red sign with the outline of a CCTV camera leaves no doubt that CCTV is installed at the property.
Become A Good Liar!
Being a liar is frowned upon in general, but not here.
We encourage you to lie when it comes to signage.
Don’t be afraid to:
- Have warning signage for dogs, even if you have no dogs.
- Have warning signs for CCTV, even if you have no CCTV.
- Have warning signs for alarms, even if you have no alarms.
Remember, signage is all about deterring.
Make someone think there’s an alarm, there’s a guard dog, and they may bypass your property based on the signage you display, which is exactly what we want.
The Art Of Psychology
Think about the last time you drove down a road you wern’t familiar with.
Did you see warning signs that stated there were speed cameras in operation?
After you saw this warning sign, did you automatically make a conscious decision to be extra vigilant with your speed?
Yes, of course you did.
And that is the power of a well placed sign.
The same can be said for signs used around your home. A criminal seeing a sign for CCTV or a sign for a guard dog, will automatically and subconsciously up their guard – they don’t want to enter a property boundary only for a dog to start barking, or CCTV to capture their image.
And while it’s not absolutely foolproof, a well placed sign has the potential to alter their behaviour, and even alter their plans altogether where they choose not to enter a property boundary due to the potential and increased risk of being caught or disturbed.
Best Security Signs For Windows
Below are our choices of the best security signs for windows.
Recommended materials, size and attachment method: Peel back plastic, no more than A5 size, adhesive stick for windows.
Recommended Placement: Ground floor windows, nearest to any points of entry.
Best Security Signs For Doors
Below are our choices of the best security signs for doors.
Recommended materials, size and attachment method: Peel back plastic, no more than A6 size, adhesive stick for windows on doors, or onto the door itself.
Recommended Placement: Front door, rear patio doors, near door handle or at eye level height.
Best Security Signs For Gates
Below are our choices of the best security signage for gates.
Recommended materials, size and attachment method: Wooden, plastic or metal, waterproof signs A5 size or smaller. Dependent on what the gate is made of, either use screws or No More Nails Adhesive. If you have the type of gate that’s make of metal or iron with bars, use the pre drilled holes on the signs and use zip ties to attach them.
Recommended Placement: Near gate handle.
Best Security Signs For Walls
Below are our choices of the best security signage for walls.
Recommended materials, size and attachment method: Wooden, plastic or metal, waterproof signs A5 size or smaller. Dependent on what the gate is made of, either use screws or No More Nails Adhesive.
Recommended Placement: Top of wall.
Build Your Own Sign
Of course, you could always create your own sign and print it out.
Or you could have it professionally made, with your own message on it from Amazon here.
Whatever choice you make, make the message short and snappy, and try and use an image if possible.
The Best Signage – A Home Alarm System
Of course, the best possible signage that your home is protected is via an alarm siren panel stuck to the front of your home.
This will be one of the biggest and best deterrents you could invest in, and you won’t have to lie anymore.
Summing Up, Questions & Comments
Once again, using signs in isolation won’t be as effective as layering little security measures and tactics on top of each other, to truly make yourself a piece of robust security cake.
Please do read this article here: 75 Ways To Improve Home Security. It’s a really important article.
What’s your thoughts on home security signage and security signs in general?
Let us know what signs you are thinking of buying and where you are going to install them.
Let us know in the comments below.
Stay Safe. Stay Secure.