Imitation cameras look like real surveillance cameras but do not record footage. Many are made with metal housing and have cables attached to fool thieves into thinking they are genuine. Imitation cameras are inexpensive and very easy to set up since they do not actually get hooked up to a DVR unit. They can be an effective way to deter criminals and make your property appear secure. If you are considering using imitation cameras to deceive and deter criminals or visitors, review the following pros and cons and be sure to read the second article of this section which outlines your potential legal liability.
|AffordabilityImitation cameras cost considerably less than real security cameras
|RecognitionMore experienced criminals may be able to tell which cameras are fake|
|InstallationThere are no running wires so setup is quick and easy||ExposureIf your imitation camera is exposed as a fake, there is nothing to stop a break-in
|DeterrenceThe illusion of active monitoring helps to instill fear and make criminals think twice before targeting your home
|False Sense of SecurityAn imitation camera does not capture video so you are not actually protected in the event of a crime|
|CoveragePair imitation cameras with real cameras to intimidate intruders
|No Proof There is no video evidence to show authorities|
- Do not let yourself be swayed by a camera that has a blinking light. Many real security cameras do not have this and it can expose your camera as a fake
- Get the most realistic looking camera you can find. Defender imitation cameras are made with the same casing as the real cameras, so it is nearly impossible to tell the difference
- Mix imitation cameras in with your legitimate ones to create a more robust-looking security system
- Don’t tell anyone that your camera is a fake. If this sensitive information ends up in the wrong hands, you could put your property at risk.
- Post window warning stickers around your property. This lets people know that your home is being “monitored” and acts as an additional deterrent
NOTE: Check your local and state laws regarding imitation cameras, as some areas may not allow them.