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Are Fake Security Cameras Effective




When you’re trying to protect your home, your business, or your valuables, a security system is a natural solution. While a security system can be a sophisticated assortment of cameras, sensors, storage, and accessibility options, it doesn’t have to be. Any kind of deterrent is better than none. Some people display a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign or one that implies the use of surveillance in order to mislead criminals into believing your home is more secure than it actually is. 

Fake security cameras are one option that can act as a deterrent to criminals or to imply surveillance over an area when there isn’t actually any recording taking place. They are more effective than no deterrent at all but are of no benefit when there is a need for footage.

Are fake cameras actually a proven deterrent or is it more of a false hope? It may be better to invest in a real security camera than waste time, money, and your safety on a fake one. But let’s take a look at the benefits and disadvantages of fake, or dummy, CCTV cameras.

Are Fake Security Cameras an Effective Deterrent Measure?

We all want the best protection for our houses to deter criminals from attempting to steal assets or vandalise your property. As far as protection goes, security cameras are the most interactive part of a security system, working in symbiosis with home alarm systems and locks. With this in mind, your budget may not accommodate a top of the line model for the highest level of protection. Perhaps, you’d prefer to spend less money on a fake or dummy camera to act as a deterrent instead.

The idea of a fake camera is to imply that any would-be criminals are being watched and might get caught in the act. In some cases, a fake camera may act as a deterrent, but statistics show that fake security cameras only work on inexperienced criminals.

If you’ve just bought a house, chances are your funds are tied up, so fake cameras can be a tempting strategy to provide some protection at a low cost. But we should ask the question: are the savings you’ll get from a fake camera worth the risk?

Are dummy security cameras worth it?

The one benefit to owning and displaying fake cameras is that an opportunist burglar or thief may be more hesitant if they see a camera, especially if they have no idea if it’s fake or not. So, in that sense, a fake camera may be a deterrent in some situations, but this only accounts for some of the risks posed to a property or your valuables.

The point of investing in a security camera is to catch and identify whoever may be entering your property. The camera may also help in the process of bringing them to justice with any evidence it provides. Even though dummy cameras don’t serve this purpose, they may act as a deterrent to some criminals. However, seasoned criminals will likely be well versed in the differences between fake and real security cameras by identifying certain characteristics. Those differences may not be obvious to those of us without criminal minds.

It is easily identifiable

Most fake or dummy cameras will have a flashing light and move intermittently. Real cameras these days may or may not include a light at all; a knowledgeable criminal will likely be able to tell if the movement is triggered by them or if it is automated.

It cannot prove anything

A fake security camera can only do part of the job of a real security camera by deterring criminal activity. If it is recognised as a fake and the crime is committed anyway, then the device is unable to provide any proof, identification, or solid evidence of the incident which leaves you highly vulnerable. It may also give the criminal an idea that there is something of value on the property that you are willing to protect.

False sense of security

People in the vicinity of your dummy cameras may develop a false sense of security, believing that any criminal activity will be monitored or recorded. 

Another relevant point of vulnerability is that if others are aware that your security cameras are fake and pass that information on to the wrong hands. Similarly, an unassuming or disguised potential criminal  with a keen interest in your valuables may find out the security cameras in your neighbourhood or home are not real. People are inherently friendly and may overshare revealing any weak points in your security system.

Do fake security cameras look real?

Fake security cameras (also known as dummy, simulated or faux cameras) are designed to look like the real thing. Make sure to do extensive research and check reviews if you wish to purchase a fake camera and find the most realistic looking and acting dummy camera.

Are dummy CCTV cameras legal?

If you’re looking to invest in a fake CCTV camera, the CCTV laws still apply. Of course, this doesn’t include laws about footage, as fake cameras won’t produce any, but the placement of the camera cannot overlook any private property or towards windows. Additionally, as it is the law to have signs pointing out the presence of CCTV cameras, if you choose to not place these signs, people are more likely to catch on that they are fake.

How to Choose A Fake Security Camera?

There are ways to increase a fake camera's effectiveness by combining it with other deterrents such as motion sensor lights, trigger alarms on doors and windows, bolt locks on doors, and joining a neighbourhood watch program. You could even partner with a menacing or protective canine system!

Things to look for when purchasing a fake camera that seems realistic include:

  • A realistic housing
  • Audible motion alarms
  • Visible wires or cables
  • Warning decals or stickers
  • Authentic infrared-like lights
  • Rotating ability

How long do batteries last in fake security cameras?

One upside to fake security cameras is the longevity of their batteries. With most dummy cameras, the batteries will last up to six months, so there isn’t much maintenance involved.


How do you install a fake security camera?

The installation of your dummy CCTV camera may vary depending on which type you decide on. If you buy one that doesn’t require wiring or cabling it will be simple and easy to install. As the cameras are non-functional, there is no need for wiring and cabling to storage devices or monitors.


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