The experts guide on dummy cameras and whether they actually work
Installing CCTV security cameras at your home or business premises is one of the most effective ways of deterring criminals and protecting what’s yours.
There’s now a wide range of smart, modern CCTV systems on the market – one that can be tailor-made to suit your specific requirements and budget.
However, many people turn to dummy cameras as a cheap way of protecting their property, hoping that the sight of any camera will be sufficient enough to scare off intruders.
But what about dummy cameras? Are they really as effective as the real thing in helping to deter criminals? Let’s find out..
What is a dummy camera?
A dummy camera looks exactly like the real thing but they are fake. They are available in a choice of shapes and sizes to fit best with the requirements you have. Some of the more advanced dummy cameras even come with real CCTV camera features, such as zoom, pan and tilt but they are still fake – they do not have the ability to videotape or record anything.
Dummy cameras are cheap but they are cheap for a reason, they don’t work like the real thing – they are fake cameras and do nothing to protect your property in the event of a break-in, other criminal incident.
Dummy cameras at best, may help to deter criminal activity at your home or business premises but they haven’t got the ability to prove anything. They can also create a false sense of security and then there’s legal issues to consider too.
A number of home and business owners have been sued over the use of dummy cameras on their premises – if they hadn’t put the dummy cameras up in the first place, they wouldn’t have been in the position of having to defend themselves.
As for whether you can tell the difference between dummy and real CCTV cameras, most professional criminals can, which makes the fake option a pointless exercise in security prevention.
Many would argue that fake security is better than no security but when you take into consideration all of the above, dummy cameras are not the way to address your security issues – only real CCTV cameras can do the job of protecting and securing your property. Installing a dummy camera because it’s a cheaper option than the real thing is a waste of money – money better spent on a fully working CCTV security system.
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