Do dummy CCTV cameras work?
CCTV cameras have become essential especially to fight rising crime in neighborhoods. However, it cannot be denied that installing and operating a CCTV camera can be an expensive affair. Especially when it comes to safeguarding your home or business it is important to invest carefully. In many cases, dummy cameras can be both cost-effective and help prevent crimes within your home and business premises.
However, before you decide to get yourself dummy CCTV cameras, it is important that you understand which premises they may be suited to. Since dummy CCTV cameras only work as a deterrent to crime, keeping criminals and robbers at bay, they are best suited for small businesses and residential areas. However, it is the level of risk that truly determines whether you need to invest in a live CCTV camera or a dummy counterpart. For instance, a warehouse should always have a live CCTV camera whereas a home can probably suffice with a dummy CCTV to scare off criminals.
While many reviewers on the internet today, opposed to investing in a dummy camera due to issues on its authenticity, it is important that you choose your dummy cameras carefully so that it does not look fake. For starters, dummy cameras should be visually similar or indistinguishable from security systems currently on the market. The cameras must look real from a distance and also stand up to closer scrutiny. There are a lot of cheap dummy cameras available in e-commerce websites which can be easily recognized as fake. Hence, it is important that you make a proper investment which is modeled on the live CCTV system. A visible power outlet and data cable are some additional features that help a dummy camera look like the real ones. Many dummy cameras also have a flashing battery operated LED light function that may deter a shoplifter from entering the shop to commit a crime.
It is important to ensure that your dummy camera is effective and is suitable for the location where it is to be installed. To begin with, dummy cameras should be strategically positioned so that criminals can be deterred from committing a crime at the home or business premise. One of the most popular forms of dummy camera used by most businesses and residential buildings is the ceiling mounted dome camera. The lends is hidden behind the smoked glass giving an illusion that the lens could be pointing anywhere at a given time. These cameras provide a 360-degree view of a rotating camera. The cost of dummy cameras ranges between £25 to £45. A dummy camera which has life-like features can cost up to £100. It is however always a good idea to keep a live camera installed in your premises along with a dummy camera in order to ensure protection. The savings from a dummy camera will be twice as much as you will spend on a live camera. However, failure to invest in a proper dummy camera may invite criminals onto your premises. Hence you should be careful while choosing the dummy camera.