Are Fake Security Cameras a Waste of Money?
Times are tough and although the overall crime rate may be going down, break and entry crimes are on the increase. Knowing this to be the case many homeowners are either installing a home security system or enhancing their existing installation. Most people, when they consider home security focus on the entry points in the house, the doors and windows. This is all well and good, but being forewarned of a pending break-in is even better; if you can afford it. Perhaps one of the best ways to implement security is through the use of CCTV cameras watching the perimeter. It can be expensive to completely surround the property with cameras; maybe fake ones are the way to go. There are manufacturers of fake cameras that are so realistic that they are impossible to tell from the real thing. Many have a led lamp which tells the potential thief he is being watched and others even move and follow the intruder. Although they are not sending images to a recorder or alarm, they can be effective deterrents. The normal installation for real cameras is in discrete locations so that the burglar does not know he is being watched. When fake cameras are installed, the psychology reverses; they are installed where the burglar can see them, scaring them off by making them think they are being watched. There are homeowners who use a mix of real and fake cameras in their home security systems. By doing this you can genuinely watch an intruder from a real camera that watched the main entrance to your property and fake cameras located in other strategic places. This solution saves a great deal of money as opposed to having real cameras completely surrounding the home. By placing a real camera in a position that covers the point of ingress that he will probably take, you are warned and the intruder is caught on tape. The other possible, but not potential points of ingress can be "watched" by fake cameras. If you are going to consider fake cameras, then consider the right camera for the job. Burglars are very aware of security systems, and the apparatus employed within the system. If you install a fake camera that does not fit the situation, chances are the burglar will know it's a fake. If you do decide to use a combination of real and fake cameras, make sure they have the same appearance. Just like real cameras, there is a strategy employed in determining their location. The placement and number of cameras have to be carefully thought out. Although you don't want the fake cameras to be seen easily, you also don't want to make them too conspicuous. The idea is to get the intruder to notice the camera without realizing that seeing it is the objective. It's obvious that using all real cameras is the ideal solution. If you cannot do this, then a combination of real and fake or all fake will also be of value in protecting your home, family and contents against unwanted intruders.