Are Dummy CCTV Cameras Worth it?

When installing professionally made CCTV kits, it can often deter crime altogether or provide useful information about a crime that has occurred. Often HD CCTV cameras have solved crimes such as attacks, theft or other acts of corruption. If these systems are installed it can prove very beneficial, however some businesses only decide to fit dummy CCTV cameras. This can be considered as a silly move, especially if the premises you're protecting contains high priced valuables. Even so, often dummy cameras do work as a good deterrent, as it gives thieves the impression a real CCTV system is installed. So, when you do decide between a real or dummy system for your home or business, it will need careful thought.

One problem that home and business owners struggle with is a limited budget. Sometimes high-end CCTV kits are difficult to afford, which is why they rely on dummy CCTV cameras to do the job. In fairness, dummy versions are better than nothing, but sometimes they are not beneficial. However, dummy versions are easy to install, as no installation of connections is required. The only downside to them is they can't log any potential future crime. Additionally, any sophisticated thieves can identify fakes; rendering dummy CCTV cameras useless. If you do have the right budget to afford professional HD CCTV cameras, considerations must be made as to why it's the best option.

Going back to sophisticated thieves having the ability to detect a dummy camera, there are obvious giveaways for telling the difference. Firstly, any missing wires or present flashing red lights can be found on a fake camera. The red light is easily seen, which is how it discourages amateur thieves away from premises. Professional, real CCTV kits do have small lights too, however this is only to show a power supply is connected. Moreover, these lights are hidden behind the cameras.

What many business and home owners don't know is the potential exposure to lawsuits. In the past, people have been sued for using dummy cameras. The reason for this is in instances when victims of crimes were under the false pretence of surveillance, when in fact dummy systems were installed. If real or no cameras were fitted at all, the defendants wouldn't be responsible.

For example, if an employee parks their car in a business park and leaves valuables in view of a supposed CCTV camera, they will believe they are safe. However, if their car is broken into, they will ask their employer for the footage. If a dummy camera is installed, the employee has a right to sue as there is no actual evidence. This is a scenario that demonstrates why sometimes having no cameras at all can be better.

Sometimes businesses and homeowners will install both dummy cameras and HD CCTV cameras. They implement the two hoping it will keep thieves confused, especially if they can tell the different between real and fake cameras. However, this can help with the identification of the two. For example, an experienced criminal might detect the ruse, spot which cameras are fake, and which aren't, thus helping them avoid detection.

Weighing up all potential options and thought-out scenarios is ideal, especially where the law is concerned. Deciding between dummy or real CCTV cameras could save you from robbery, vandalism or a lawsuit. Speak to a professional supplier for advice should you need it.