Sometimes businesses and homes utilize fake security cameras as opposed to real ones. This is to give the appearance of a security system without the price of a real security system. There is some debate on how well this strategy works.
Imitation cameras that are high quality and real looking give the impression of a security system without the cost or labor of a real camera system. The appearance of surveillance cameras can be enough to ward off intruders.
Using a fake camera can give the impression that the security camera system is more extensive than it actually is, or can be a placeholder until a real system is put into place. It is important that the fake camera looks extremely real.
They should have aluminum housing and wiring to make it look like a functional camera that does not rust and can endure for years, inside and outside. Fake cameras are great for parking lots, outside stairwells, and other less accessible areas where installing a real camera is not possible.
Studies show that the presence of a fake camera can prevent crimes including theft, vandalism, and robbery. Even though they cannot actually catch criminals, fake cameras are a cost-effective way of preventing crime. Dummy cameras are a great alternative to a real security system if there is not enough money to realistically increase security around the home or office.
Still, if someone is this worried about crime to purchase a dummy camera, they should get a real one as well. Cameras protect people, and even if money is tight purchasing one real camera and multiple fake ones will give intruders there is a larger, complex security system in place.
There are many arguments against using a fake camera. It is comparable to hanging a scarecrow in a field of crops. It may deter crows for awhile, but soon the birds will figure out the ruse and begin eating the corn. The point of a camera is to record illicit activity. A fake camera cannot do anything real, which could make it a waste of time.
There are a few features on fake cameras that obviously tell criminals it’s not real. Some fake cameras have blinking red lights that is supposed to signal that the camera is on a recording. This indicator is an old camera feature that is not relevant on current technology. Real cameras may have an LED light at the back to let technicians know there is power going to the device.
If the light is visible, it is covered where people on the outside cannot see it. Fake cameras often use cheap materials that make the camera look strange. The lens is an easy indicator. If the lens is flat and made out of plastic, it looks obviously different then rounded and reflective glass.
A lack of wires is the biggest indicator of a fake camera, or wires that are hanging and not connected to anything. An indoor fake camera looks like a box with a ceiling or wall mount.
Box cameras need two conductor wires for power and a coaxial cable to transmit video. Only having one wire or no wires makes it obvious the camera is not real. Criminals have done their research and know what to look for. In order for a consumer to avoid all the problems dummy cameras pose, the fake needs to look as realistic as possible.
Sometimes, mixing fake and real cameras is an even bigger giveaway. The unrealistic parts of a fake camera are all the more noticeable when placed next to a real one. If this is a strategy, then the consumer needs to buy their real and fake cameras from the same vendor and make sure they match as closely as possible.