My neighbors have signs up " smile your on camera" and " we have guns" is this a good idea? Or an invitation to get robbed? Thoughts?
I have seen the “smile” signs in my neighborhood and I don’t think they deter crime. I have seen videos from those advertised cameras of criminals, with faces covered, breaking into cars. I wouldn’t advertise having guns or home security by Smith and Wesson, you and your home want to be bland, gray man philosophy.
IMO, it can go both ways, especially in a criminals mind. I personally believe you are advertising you have something of value and something that’s easily sold on the streets for a quick profit with signs like that. Cameras and well lit yards, as well as security alarm signs, may deter a criminal, at least to move on to the next house, but if their willing to break into patrol cars as we often hear about, I think those signs just tell them you have something they want and if they want it, they better come armed to get it just Incase someone is home.
No signs! Not about guns, not about surveillance; that just means you have something worth stealing. I have six hyper -vigilant dogs as an early warning system when I’m home and as a deterrent when I’m not,which is rare. Beyond that the appearance of poverty suggests that there’s nothing much worth stealing here, move along.
Yeah,right. The “appearance” of poverty.
It may be a deterrent but could also be an invitation.
I’m kind of partial to something I saw overseas. It simply said, “Smile, wait for flash.” with a camera silhouette. It was printed on the turret of a HMMVE with a 50 cal.
There is a legal aspect to the signage as well. Check out this thread for other views:
I think you’ll find a lot of great conversation there as well.