A cardboard cutout of you or a cardboard action figure of a WWE wrestler is a creative and inexpensive way to DIY home security that adds a layer of protection to your home security system. And it doesn’t cost a lot and it’s kind of fun.

I’m serious!!!!

This is not an idea I just thought of one day, it’s one I stumbled upon by accident.

A few years ago a “speakers bureau” I work with actually went ahead and had a 6 foot cardboard cutout made of me for a trade show they were doing at a Boston area convention center. While I was flattered, I was certainly amused.

The bureau president called me and told me what he was doing then offered the life-size me to me once the show was over. I was like “What am I going to do with that?” and he made a joke that it could keep my wife company while I was on the road, and actually a cardboard me that doesn’t talk or talk back would be appealing to my wife so I picked it up from him.

I brought it home and put it in my garage and let the dust collect on it. Then I had a kid. And at 1.5 years when she started walking she eventually came upon the cardboard me and it startled her. Her mom trying to explain that was as funny.

Then shortly after I had a party and brought someone into my garage to jump in the car for a packy run and the cardboard me scared the heck out of them. Since then about a dozen people have been jostled by it. Now it’s just funny!

Now, especially when I travel, the cardboard me is standing in front of the TV. My wife loves him. I’m a little jealous.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

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