Alarm System Dummies: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big alarm system dummy test 2020, where we present you all the alarm system dummies we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best alarm system dummy for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy an alarm system dummy.

The most important facts in brief

  • An alarm system dummy gives you a feeling of security and serves as a deterrent to potential burglars.
  • LED lights and good workmanship ensure that the dummy looks deceptively real and thus fulfils its purpose.
  • By installing a dummy alarm system you can secure not only your home, but also your boat, display cases with expensive contents, a shop or a site.

Alarm system dummy test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best alarm system dummy with siren dummy
  • The best alarm system dummy with camera
  • The best alarm system dummy with LED light
  • The best solar alarm system dummy

The best alarm system dummy with siren dummy

Even without a “real” siren and flashing light this dummy is a real deterrent. With the dimensions 19 x 31 x 11.5 cm it is not only conspicuous, it is also indistinguishable from an alarm system with real functions. The reason: The dummy is made of the same weatherproof aluminium housing as its real counterpart.

The integrated LED, is the most important aspect of a dummy. The flashing light makes the dummy look more serious and realistic. The light has a sensor and turns on when someone approaches your house or the dummy. Due to its dimensions and color, this dummy housing is especially suitable for mounting on the outside of the house.

The best alarm system dummy with camera

This dummy camera from ELRO looks deceptively real and is an affordable security solution. With this dome camera dummy you can scare off potential thieves directly.

Due to the fake lens, it is hardly possible to distinguish it from a real alarm system with a camera. Thanks to the flashing LED, the impression of a real camera is even stronger. You can mount the device quickly and easily on the ceiling, both indoors and outdoors.

The best alarm system dummy with LED light

The Smartwares SW SA11D alarm system dummy is a simple alarm system dummy. You place the dummy on a flat surface on your wall. It also has a flashing LED light, which can quickly scare off burglars.

The best solar alarm system dummy

This alarm system dummy differs from other dummies especially in its type of drive: it is solar powered and does not need batteries. Nevertheless it looks deceptively real and is equipped with a red flashing light, which even works without batteries in sunshine.

The outer material of the alarm system dummy is made of ABS. The dummy is splash-proof and therefore also suitable for outdoor use.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before buying a dummy alarm system

Where can you buy a fake alarm system?

You can buy dummy alarm systems either directly from the manufacturer or from a specialist electrical store. The method of online shopping has become very widespread in recent years and nowadays offers the possibility of ordering the devices from home in a relaxed manner.
A further possibility for the purchase is offered by various online portals. Listed below you will find a number of shops that you can visit to find your product
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All alarm systems that we present to you on our site are provided with a link to at least one of these shops. so you can strike immediately if you have found a suitable device that suits you.

What do dummy alarm systems cost?

Dummy alarm systems can be found in different price ranges. Dummy alarm systems are much cheaper than wireless alarms and wired systems. You can buy various dummies for as little as ten euros.
The price differences between the different models of dummies are not too big. Most dummies are in a two-piece price range.

Since you don’t have to worry about the function of alarm systems, you should look for the most striking models when buying them.

Where should you best install your dummy alarm systems?

Since most burglars enter either through the door or the window, it would of course also make sense to place your alarm there. The dummies should secure all exits as far as possible. The dummy should at best be seen by possible burglars, so that you can be taken seriously and avoid possible break-ins.

Take a look at our dummy comparison chart. In this easy to understand overview we have compared the currently most important alarm systems with each other based on the alarm systems presented here.

Benny BraunExpert for safety engineering and security
Better safe than sorry! Dummies are very well suited to deter burglars in advance. Devices with LED flashing lights are especially recommended, they look a bit more real. Tip: Straight dummies with camera & LED lights look especially real.

Can dummy alarm systems be used?

Alarm dummies are mainly used in private buildings.
Since many alarms are usually associated with higher prices, alarm systems are the perfect way to protect your own four walls.
Ultimately, the dummies can be used wherever you are afraid that you might need a little more security.
Places would be for example:


Decision: What types of dummy alarm systems are there, and which one is right for you?

Basically one can distinguish between three different types of dummy alarm systems:

  • Dummy siren
  • Dummy camera
  • Electronic watchdog

Because of the different applications, a particular type is best suited to secure your home. Due to the fact that not every dummy alarm system has the same functionality, there are different advantages and disadvantages in its application.

We would therefore like to introduce you to the different types in the following section and help you to find out which dummy alarm system is the right one for you. For this purpose, we will introduce you to the above mentioned types in more detail and clearly present their advantages and disadvantages.

How does a dummy siren work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The dummy siren resembles a construction kit on which a flashing light is mounted. It is attached to the outside wall of the house and has a deterrent factor for outsiders simply by being attached. Burglars will think twice before breaking into your home.


Easy mounting
Looks deceptively real from a distance


Easy to recognize as fake from close range

These dummies become even more effective if it has a functioning flashing light that is activated by a motion sensor. If an unauthorized person approaches the house, the lamp starts to light up. Also make sure that the dummy is not immediately recognizable as such. Company logos that immediately suggest a dummy manufacturer are counterproductive.

How does a dummy camera work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With a dummy camera you can make burglars and thieves believe that a real video camera is present. The camera dummy should look as real as possible, be weatherproof and have some functionality. Battery operated dummies work with motion detectors and make them look even more real by reacting to passing passers-by.


Very favourable
Easy mounting
Looks like a real security camera.


Should be connected with cables to look real

The camera dummies are attached to the outside of the building. You should choose the positions so that all important places, such as a garage and a terrace, are covered. However, you should note that the camera is not aimed at the public sidewalk, as this can be considered an invasion of privacy, even if it is not a real surveillance camera.

How does an electronic watchdog work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The electronic watchdog is a device for burglary prevention and is installed in the immediate vicinity of the door or window. Unlike the other dummies, it does not work on visual deterrence, but by sounds similar to the barking of a dog.

A motion sensor detects whether someone is approaching the door. The device then emits a loud barking and growling sound, as if a dog was behind the door. You must not forget to activate the device if you leave your house for a long time.


Good substitute for a real guard dog
No assembly necessary


Does not differentiate between humans and animals
No visual deterrent

The barking does not stop until the person withdraws from the sensor area. Radar sensors make it possible to detect objects through several walls. The barking of dogs can reach a volume of up to 105 decibels.

Purchase criteria: With these factors you can compare and rate dummy alarm systems

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate dummies. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain device is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Type of alarm system
  • Waterproof
  • Integration of an LED
  • Required batteries
  • Dimensions and colour

In the following paragraphs you can read what the individual purchase criteria are and how you can classify them.

Type of dummy

At this point we would like to remind you that the type of alarm system is probably the most important criterion when buying such a device, because it has a significant influence on the final result.

So first ask yourself what kind of alarm system you want. During the day, a dummy camera can be recommended, as it is more likely to be seen than an alarm box. At night, it is advisable to get an alarm device, as it has an integrated LED, so that the device can also be noticed at night.


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Here it applies that most alarm systems are made for the interior. If your property is a single-family home, you should make sure that you can install your systems outside when you buy.

Basically, an alarm system that can cover all areas also increases your security. But this fact normally also has higher costs.

Required energy

Most of the dummies have their own power supply and you can’t include them in the domestic circuit. It is therefore advisable that you find out what type of batteries your dummy uses before you buy it. In addition, many dummies do not contain batteries, which means you have to buy them yourself.

Dimensions and colour

Not like with original layouts, you want people to see your dummy and be made aware of it. So it makes sense if the dimensions of your dummy are such that it can be seen, but not too big as to cause you an obstacle. The colour of the device also plays a big role. The more similar the dummy is to the original, the more realistic it looks.


The integrated LED, is the most important aspect of a dummy. The flashing light makes the dummy look more serious and realistic. The light works like a sensor and turns on if someone wants to approach your house or the dummy.

When buying a dummy you should first of all check if the dummy has an integrated LED and for example how often the light flashes. It is also useful that you check if the light can be controlled and if it can be switched on/off.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about alarm system dummies

What are the different types of dummy alarm systems?

The video surveillance

First of all, let’s introduce the dummy surveillance camera. It imitates video surveillance and is usually placed outside the building. Most common locations are entrances, doors and garages.

The alarm device

Many people have seen this device on different houses, a white or grey metal box with ventilation slots and a red flashing light on it, which is placed as far up the building as possible.

When looking at this device, everyone knows immediately that the building to which it is attached obviously has an alarm system. This is exactly the reason why a dummy alarm system is very effective, it deters most of the potential intruders.

The effect can be further optimized by attaching dummies of break sensors to the windows and by placing a dummy of an agitator (with which the system is switched on) inside the building. The latter in such a way that it can be seen from outside.

Electronic watchdog

The electronic watchdog is a sensor-controlled device that imitates the barking of a dog when someone approaches your door. It is placed close to the door and reacts to approach.

The very fine sensors also react to movements through a wall. As soon as someone approaches your door, the barking and growling starts with a volume of up to 105 decibels (you could also call it dezigebell

In the following table you will find the different types of alarm system dummies. There is also a short explanation of how it works.