Using imitation cameras and posting warning signs are effective ways to deter criminals from targeting your business. However, if your building does not actually have a functioning security system in place you could be putting yourself at risk for liability.
A legal liability is a situation in which a person is financially and legally responsible, and therefore, must pay compensation for any damage incurred. Creating a false sense of safety and security at your business is dangerous because you are ultimately responsible for any injury, damage, or mischief that occurs on your property. Without verifiable evidence, you cannot prove how an act of vandalism, burglary, theft, or property damage was committed or by whom.
It is recommended that imitation security devices and cautionary signs only be used in addition to your functional surveillance system. Some security packages include these as bonuses, which strengthens the overall presence of security at your business.
An all-in-one video security bundle will ensure that suspicious people are deterred and caught on video if they do decide to act. If you know the law and secure your property correctly, then you will never have to worry about being held liable for damage that you did not cause.
NOTE: Check your local and state laws regarding imitation cameras, as some areas may not allow them.