Why You Should Never Use a Fake Security Camera

by | Apr 1, 2022 | Home Security Archives

Have you heard about people using fake security cameras in an attempt to trick would-be criminals into believing that an area is under surveillance? Smart, right?

Not really. While using decoy cameras can give the impression that an area is under constant surveillance, it’s a cheap trick that only works as long as you don’t actually need to recover footage to be used as evidence or for an insurance claim. In that case, using a fake security camera is as useless as not having a camera there altogether.

Why Would Someone Use a Fake or Decoy Camera?

Fake cameras, often referred to as decoy cameras are a cheap, but incredibly ineffective way of warding off crime. In most cases where a fake security camera is used, it is used as an attempt to save money on a functioning security system often using outdated or malfunctioning hardware. Rather than replacing the camera, it is left up as a visual deterrent. You can imagine why a person may think that leaving up a decoy camera would be just as effective as deterring crime as a functioning camera would be, but this approach leaves you empty-handed in the event that a crime does occur.

What Should You Do Instead?

If you find yourself in a position where you have an un-operational security camera, the best thing to do is call a security systems company and have them install a functioning security system. A new, working security camera that is integrated into your home or business’s security system with serve both as a visual deterrent as well as allow you to gather important footage in the event that you need it.

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