Ask Capt. Maccoun: Security Lights, What’s Best?

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“We have heard the recommendation to use light timers when we are away from home. What timers are most effective, and how should we use them”

 -Susan W.

Capt. Maccoun answers:

“There really is no special type of timer. The key thing would be to program the timer to come on and off during typical hours (say on 7 p.m. and off at 11:30 p.m.) to simulate that someone was home.”

“If you really wanted to get elaborate you could put a radio on the timer as well. Whole idea is that someone walking up to your front door to “case” your house would see and hear enough that they would think someone might be home, even after they knocked and did not get a response.” 

Capt. James Maccoun oversees the Sacramento Police Dept.’s north-area command, which includes Natomas. To submit your questions to Capt. Maccoun, send an email to [email protected] with “Ask Capt. Maccoun” in the subject line.

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