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Are Dummy CCTV Cameras Effective?


If you are considering CCTV at your property, whether domestic or commercial, then you may be tempted to try and save yourself money by using dummy CCTV cameras. But are dummy CCTV cameras effective?

Positives About Dummy CCTV Cameras

  • Cost: Because when you buy a dummy CCTV camera you are not buying a full CCTV system with viewing and recording capabilities, then obviously there is a big cost implication in this. Dummy cameras are significantly cheaper than full CCTV systems so if you really are very, very limited on funds, they could be an option.
  • Crime Prevention: If you use good quality dummy CCTV cameras they can be reasonably effective at deterring crime. Burglars who cannot tell the difference between real CCTV cameras and dummy CCTV cameras may well be put-off from targeting your property.

Negatives About Dummy CCTV Cameras

  • False Economy: You may save money by purchasing dummy CCTV cameras, but it can be a false economy. The fact is, if a burglar recognises that you are using dummy cameras, it signifies that you may have something worth stealing but not the security measures to help prevent its theft.
  • Easily Spotted: As dummy cameras have been out on the market for many years now, they are becoming more easy to sport which means they may not actually be very effective.

No Monitoring or Recording: As well as preventing crime, CCTV is essential in tracking down criminals that may have attempted to break into your property. Dummy cameras have no monitoring or recording capabilities which means they cannot assist with this.

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