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6. Security > 72. Nobody Here but Us Ghosts

Nobody Here but Us Ghosts

McGruff the Crime Dog says that one of the best ways to prevent your home from being burgled is to prevent thieves from figuring out you’re not at home. A little home automation can convince nearly anyone that your home is occupied.

For years now, people have been using plug-in timers to turn lamps on and off while they’re away on vacation. However, the timers typically offer only two or three on/off cycles per day, and once they’re configured, they mindlessly repeat the same pattern over and over. Moreover, you have to buy one timer for each lamp, which means most people will have just one or two of them. The bottom line is that dumb timers are a pain to set up, are not very convincing, and are inconvenient enough that you’re probably willing to use them only when you’re gone for an extended period of time.


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