You’d be surprised by how often flat-screen TVs get stolen. According to the crime statistics by the FBI, TVs are among the top 10 most-stolen household items. To top it off, without a security system, it’s pretty easy to steal a TV.
In general, You can secure a TV by using either a cable, bolting the doors and windows securely, installing a security camera, an alarm, or using a vibration theft sensor.
We will be going through these seven effective ways through which you can ensure the security of flat-screen TVs in more detail below.
By Security Cable
- By Security Cable
- Flat Screen TV Anti-Theft Security Kit
- Installing a Battery-powered TV Alarm
- Installing a Security Camera
- Why Motion Sensor Security?
- Improving the Security of Doors and Windows
- Locking up the Television
- Placing an Asset Protection Device on the Television
- Installing a Vibration Theft Sensor on the TV
- Wrapping Up
Security cables help secure a lot of things, including bikes, patio furniture, and more through their anti-theft locking. There is no reason why you shouldn’t protect your flat-screen HDTV with thick security cables too.
The key here is to choose an effective way to lock the cable. For this, ensure that there are holes on the side of your TV or the TV stand.
You can loop the cable and lock the ends of the cable with another object that cannot be easily moved. It could be living room furniture or a refrigerator, or even an installed floor or wall mount.
Certain cables come with a loop on one side, and on the other, a U-lock. If you can get your hands upon such cords, you are golden. It is pretty simple to anchor such cords with another object.
The next consideration is the length and thickness of the cable you want to use. You might refrain from purchasing an extra-long cable and deal with the hassle of wires. Cover the screws with access caps to prevent the thief from unscrewing the cable and stealing the TV. If the wire didn’t come with a lock, you can tweak things up and add a padlock and anti-theft key of your own and secure it with a wall or floor mount.
Flat Screen TV Anti-Theft Security Kit
Due to the commonality of flat-screen theft, various companies have now begun to manufacture specialized flat-screen TV anti-theft security kits and anti-theft keys. But don’t let the title intimidate you; this kit is basically composed of a security wire and mounting hardware.
Although, some of the more sophisticated kits could have other components involved too. It can prove to be especially effective on wall-mounted televisions, as long as the installation has been done.
The wires get wholly concealed from view since the whole system is only secured by a wire that can easily be severed.
In the kit, you’d get components such as VESA screw packs for the small VESA screw holes situated on the back of the flat-screen TVs. You’d also get chassis node fittings, a cut-resistant cable (the effectiveness of which would depend upon the brand you’ve gone for), a security mounting plate, and a heavy-duty padlock with an anti-theft key for anti-theft locking.
Installing a Battery-powered TV Alarm
Alarm systems have become popular of late, and now, not only can you install an alarm system for your home, but also your television. The battery-powered alarms that are placed on the back of the TV are extremely small and almost unnoticeable. Most of such alarms have adhesive elements on their back, which makes it easier for you to stick one on the back of the TV.
The alarm will issue an alert as soon as its senses a vibration on the television, which could occur when it is being removed from its location. With 100+ dB of noise, the alert will be loud enough to alert an average house. The best part about battery-powered alarms is that you don’t have to rely on electricity for them to function. (1)
Even during power outages, or deliberate power cuts by the thief, you’d know if your flat-screen television is being stolen, even if the main alarm system fails you.
Another noteworthy point is that the alarm could be easily turned on or off. It can prove to be useful when you want to disable the alarm before relocating the television. Although, it can also backfire if the thief detects the button and disables it. Make sure that the button is well hidden.
Installing a Security Camera
Security cameras are invaluable security assets. They can monitor the front door and in rooms and ring a loud alarm to scare away intruders. There are also plenty of options to choose from. Be it hidden cameras, or wireless, or cellular, or even CCTV systems, they are all pretty effective against theft.
You can also choose those state-of-the-art motion sensor security camera, that reads sequential images and detects differences before alerting you of any anomaly. The key thing to consider here is where to install the security cameras and how many should be included in the system. This depends upon the size of your house and the location of your flat-screen TV. All the entrance points need to be covered to detect any movement in odd hours.
Try to get your hands on weatherproof cameras for the ones you’d be installing outside, so they can function properly even in harsh weather conditions.
Why Motion Sensor Security?
A motion sensor security camera comes with motion sensor technology. This technology keeps an eye on a designated spot and compares sequential images to determine whether there were any differences in the pictures and picking out movements. If it does detect any action, a notification is sent to you with a time stamp.
It is best to install such a camera where little or no movement is expected from your side, so you don’t get spammed with false alarms. Install motion sensor technology where needed and where you don’t expect movements day in and day out.
Also, choose the ones which can be easily turned on or off. For indoor spaces, you can of or bullet cameras.
Improving the Security of Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are the first line of defense for flat-screen televisions and also the most common spots for a home break-in.
Putting a property locking mechanism around all the doors and windows is imperative if you want to ensure the safety of your home and valuables. The best thing to do is install anti-theft locking on all the entrances. The locks should be sturdy enough to prevent the risk of forceful entry when you’re not in the house.
For windows, you could choose window barricades or grills. As another layer of security, you could also apply shatterproof films to your glass windows.
If you also happen to have glass doors or french doors around the house, make sure to apply the glass security film on all the fragile components to evade the risk of break-ins.
Consider installing a strong locking mechanism on sliding glass doors, which makes it impossible for someone to unlock from the outside. This could cost you a bit extra, but at least it will safeguard your televisions from theft. It should be noted that the ideal security for doors and windows may vary as per the type of entrances that guards your house. Make sure to invest in suitable locking and protection systems.
Locking up the Television
It’s never a bad idea to lock the television. It doesn’t mean you’d have to stash the TV in an anti-theft safe, rather building a security system around the TV. You can purchase special locks from the market or improvise a little and make do with household items such as bike locks.
Yes, people have done that and garden excellent results. For this, you’d need a sturdy wire, some bolts, and a strong padlock. You’d also need a wall mount.
There are also locking wall mounts, which are permanently fixed on the wall, and the TV is then attached to the mount and locked. To remove the TV, you’d need the key to the system. Since it is not entirely theft-proof, you might also want to consider installing the alarm systems we spoke of before. Even if the burglar manages to find a way around disabling the lock, it will take them long enough to execute the plan that the authorities are informed of the crime.
Placing an Asset Protection Device on the Television
Placing an Asset protection device is another way of ensuring the safety of the TV. The devices are placed on top or side of valuables, including TVs. It monitors the front of the asset, and as soon as it picks up movement, a notification is sent to you.
These can easily guard the TV against theft. You can also consider registering your TV on an app called “report it,” which is an easy and quick way to report the theft to the authorities, should it come to that. These devices can be bought from platforms like Amazon. Honeywell is one of the leading brands that manufacture quality asset protection devices.
Installing a Vibration Theft Sensor on the TV
Vibration theft sensors are good at measuring the frequency and amount of vibration emitted from a device that it has been installed on. Sensing the vibrations could detect any movement and imbalances of the TV and inform you of anomalies. (2)
Many of these can also work like alarm systems and send an alert as soon as the vibration is detected. You could add an extra line of defense to the motion sensors by putting a vibration sensor in place.
Securing flat-screen televisions can be easy if you know your way around them. While some of the methods mentioned above could prove to be a little out of budget, there are also some economical ways of protecting the television from theft, including locking up the TV or installing a battery-powered lock. If you have the extra bit of cash to spare, you can move to some sophisticated security methods, such as motion sensors and vibration sensors.
(1) dB of noise – https://www.earq.com/hearing-health/decibels
(2) vibration emitted – https://www.healthline.com/health/vibrational-energy