Worried about home security? You need this brilliant (budget) burglar deterrent

Get your home security up to scratch with this handy device. It's an affordable way to make thieves think you're home...

Home security: Burglar attempting to get into house
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Worried about your home security when you're not at home but don't have the kind of budget to splash out on video doorbells, security lighting or an alarm system. This is why you need this particular burglar deterrent. 

It's called a Fake TV, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before. Simply put, it can simulate the flickering light of a TV, so all you have to do is place it in your living room and set it to turn it on while you're not home. 

Before you ask, it doesn't eat lots of electricity – it consumes the same amount a normal night light would need, and some models have timers for when you're going away and want the device off from dawn, but on from dusk. Otherwise, we'd suggest matching a less versatile model with a basic plug-in timer. Sorted.

Interested? It's a great purchase if you want to give the illusion that you're home when you're not. The modest price tag makes it cheaper than installing a home security system, a video doorbell or a smart lock, too. Scroll for the best deals in both the UK and the US of A.

FakeTV FTV-11-US Extra Bright Burglar Deterrent | $39.95 (opens in new tab)
If you're in the US, this is the best burglar deterrent you can buy. It'll ensure your home or apartment looks occupied in the dark, and it works on a simple one switch operation. It's also their brightest fake TV offering as it imitates the light of a 40in TV, making it ideal for larger living rooms. The feature we love the most is its timer for when you're on vacation.

1 BY ONE Fake TV Simulator Anti-Burglar | £12.99 (opens in new tab)
This super-affordable TV simulator is ideal for those in the UK. For just under £13, this device will confuse potential thieves. It can also be wall-mounted for your convenience and it features a timer so it can automatically turn on. Even better? It's eco friendly thanks to its low-energy consumption.

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...