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Phony Laser Security System Proves Perception Is Reality 243

Posted by samzenpus
from the and-a-picture-of-a-dog dept.
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Softpedia reports that Global Link Security Solutions are offering a product that doesn't actually do anything to alert an owner of a break-in to their home or business, but it displays "one hell of a laser show in an attempt to scare potential crooks into thinking that they have no chance of breaking in without triggering the alarm." According to the security firm, LaserScan has four lines of protection: a number of lasers that move along the walls and floors (video), an LED which indicates that there's a "link" to a satellite, a beeping alert, and a sticker placed on the front door. Although the company claims that none of their current customers has reported break-ins since the system has been installed, security guru Bruce Schneier highlights that the product only works if the product isn't very widely known."
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Phony Laser Security System Proves Perception Is Reality

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  • by Hentes (2461350) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @05:51PM (#41087995)

    Real alarms use infralasers.

  • It will sell (Score:5, Informative)

    by bhlowe (1803290) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @05:56PM (#41088055)
    Every good security tech will suggest adding similar measures-- Security signs, dummy cameras, NRA member stickers, fake dog bark noises, even putting a huge dog bowl on the back porch. Just being a little harder target than the guy down the street helps. Criminals are usually not bright enough to figure out which threats are real or imagined.
  • Re:It will sell (Score:5, Informative)

    by Spy Handler (822350) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @06:07PM (#41088191) Homepage Journal

    NRA stickers are a bad idea. Most break-ins occur when the burglar is reasonably sure that nobody's home. All the sticker does is advertise that there are guns here just waiting to be stolen.

    BTW firearms rank right up there with cash and jewelry among desirable things to be stolen.

  • by Jafafa Hots (580169) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @07:32PM (#41089113) Homepage Journal

    I bought a fake "security camera" for $12, just has a blinking red LED, no other real electronics... and mounted it on a pole peeking above my fence on our dead end.

    Instant effects. No more people parking to have sex or eat McDonald's and throw the trash on my lawn, no more people stealing flowers or attempting to hide in my property, even the neighbors are paranoid about the "surveillance."

    Most people don't understand the difference between their web browser and the file manager.

    Unless you're in a very rich neighborhood which attracts high-end catburglars out of the movies, the presence of a few strange boxes with red lights is more than enough to make them go away.

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