Correct and Incorrect Usage of Dummy Security Cameras
Most companies like cutting spending wherever possible, but please don’t start cutting your budget with security. Some businesses will resort to only fielding dummy (fake) security cameras in order to save money, but this is not a completely reliable way to protect your business. There is a time and place for everything, and dummy security cameras are no exception to this rule.
So, what is a proper use for dummy security cameras? Dummy security cameras have one purpose; to make those uncertain of wanting to commit crime second guess themselves, and to intimidate them out of doing so. In short, dummy security cameras are a method of deterrent, which are cheap and relatively easy to install in comparison to real security cameras. Dummy security cameras for businesses can be effective deterrent tools, but when crime does actually occur they cannot be used to prove it or identify criminals.
Some criminals are capable of telling the difference between a real and fake security camera, and if someone is really committed to robbing a business, a security camera, real or fake, may not deter them.
If you are a business owner who operates in an area with a high rate of crime, get a real security system. If you want to, you can always integrate dummy security cameras with your real security system, but in doing so you may accidently reveal to the observant which cameras are fake and which are real.
When buying fake security cameras, always try to find something that looks like it blends in with your building’s style. Making the camera look like a regular part of the environment will go a long way when trying to make it look real. If you already have real cameras, look for fake cameras which look similar. Remember, even though your fake security cameras can look real, the amount of protection they offer is actually very small, but having a few fake cameras is better than having nothing at all.