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It’s NOT Real! Dummy Security Cameras

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Fake Camera

When it comes to choosing dummy security cameras or real security cameras there are many things to be considered, including the look or style of the camera. While many people choose the type of camera simply based on their installation needs or purely for aesthetic reasons, many people choose a camera that they believe “looks” like a security camera.

What I mean by that is they believe that if people see the camera in plain sight, it will act as a deterrent and stop suspicious activity before it even happens.

In my opinion there is no substitute for having a quality security system install at your place of business or residence but there are some good short-term cost effective options available until your ready to make that investment.

With that being said, you might be surprised how many people choose to buy and mount fake or “Dummy Security Cameras”.

A search on Google for “Fake Security Camera” has about 5,050,000 results.

Although this may seem ridiculous to some it could have some benefits. Many of these dummy cameras look completely authentic and even though you might not be aware or notice security cameras wherever you go, a savvy criminal type is.

Think about it. If crime was your main job, wouldn’t you be on the lookout for cameras before you decided to commit a crime?

A recent study has proven that simply installing security cameras results in the reduction of crime, vandalism, violence and traffic infractions. Although the efficiency of these cameras as a deterrent was dependent on how and where the cameras were installed.

In areas were they were clearly visible they had a positive and proactive effect. When installed at traffic intersections there was a significant decrease in the amount of people that tried to beat yellow lights and run red lights. When installed in public areas of schools there was a decrease in vandalism, bullying and violence against other students.


It’s kind of like locking your car door at night. Sure, if a criminal really wanted to break the window to steal your belongings they could. But most thieves will check the car door, and if it’s locked they will just move on to the next.

The same can be said for a dummy camera. It won’t be of much use if a crime does happen, but it might just be that one thing that prevents the crime from happening in the first place.

The first and most obvious benefit is price. For instance, a 3 Megapixel indoor/outdoor dome IP camera like the IPOD-EL3MPIR50 sold by, retails for about $209.95. A similar style dummy camera with fake LEDs is about 15 bucks.

If you have 8 real cameras, you’re looking at about $1700 and that’s not including the extra cost for a DVR, NVR, or storage. 8 fake cameras will run you about $120.

Next you need to consider installation. In order to install real cameras you will need to run wires from each of your cameras though your attic to the storage device. This means you might have to cut holes in your soffits, run wire down your walls and maybe even drill some holes through some concrete. Sure, every installation is a little different, but you get the point. It can be very time consuming and costly if you’re not the DIY type of person or if you opt to have a professional come and install the system for you.

In most cases when installing dummy cameras you simply mount them. That’s it.
No wiring, drilling or cutting. Just you and your screw gun or even some super glue! Just kidding don’t use super glue.

Choosing a GOOD fake security camera:

Just because you are not spending the money on a real camera doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose a quality dummy camera. I mean after all you are trying to make people think it’s the real deal. Here are a few tips.

Many cameras today are network IP cameras so it’s not too important that the camera has wires, but color and material are. Most security cameras are metal or composite (plastic). You camera should not be made of any thing that will not withstand the weather, fade or discolor after time.

Color is also important. Most real cameras come in Black, White, Tan or Silver and are nondescript. Anything else might be suspect. They should not match the color of your house or be some outrageous color like hot pink. Dead giveaway!


The style of the camera is also very important. Outdoor cameras should look like outdoor cameras. Indoor cameras should look like indoor cameras, and so on. I would recommend doing some research on real security cameras and choose dummy cameras that look like the real thing.

If you were going to use outdoor dummy cameras, I would recommend some that have IR’s or Inferred LEDs. IR is how a real camera is able to see at night or in complete darkness. As a matter of fact some dummy cameras are now solar powered and have motion detectors so that the LEDs light up at night or when motion is detected just like the real thing.

Mix it up:

Another alternative to help save some money is to use dummy cameras in conjunction with real cameras. This not only gives the illusion that your security system is more robust then it really is, but also gives the added protection that you will have some footage to review in case an event does happen. Some IP network cameras only need local power and can record to an internal memory card. Network IP cameras can be accessed wirelessly on your network so the installation is not too complicated.

In conclusion, there is no guarantee that a CCTV security camera system or dummy cameras will prevent a crime from happening. But you can potentially deter many crimes for the simple fact that the cameras are visible and a criminal would rather not deal with the chance they may be recorded and ultimately caught on tape, or not!


Fake Security Cameras

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Deception, as far as security is concerned, plays an important role. Militaries have been deceiving opposing armies for centuries. Pioneers making their way west would routinely place gun barrels out the sides of the Conestoga wagons. This gave the appearance of multiple armed pioneers, when in fact no one was behind the rifle barrels. Bands of marauders, not knowing for sure, would not attack for fear of losing the battle and their lives. Wooden cannons made to appear as if real would be placed on battlefields. The opposing army many times would hesitate, and make a graceful exit from the field of battle. Using fake security cameras employs the same principles of deception that has been used for years.

Creating Doubt

Simply giving a criminal a moment of hesitation can be enough to cause them to move on. The deception must be well staged however. Spotting a camera invokes a visceral reaction in criminals and others up to no good. People that have committed crimes, and ones thinking about it, many times suspect others may be aware of their transgressions. Many call it a guilty conscience. However, it is not guilt from doing wrong. It is fear of being caught. Criminals when they see a camera lens staring at them as they make their way to a window or back door will stop. They immediately wonder if they have been spotted. They also wonder if the camera is high quality enough to identify them in the dark. Most will make a quick exit from the property.

The Ideal Fake Security Camera Is Real Except For

High quality fake cameras are real cameras without the electronic components. The housing is real and the cables are in their proper places. Ideally, you want one that has a red recording light and motion activation. The camera will come equipped with a battery pack that operates the motion sensor and recording light. However, placing a motion activated fake camera in a high traffic area will quickly deplete the battery. For the most part, homes would not have this type of activity. Businesses employing decoys would need to consider this when placing the cameras.

Make It Look Real and People Will Assume It Is Real

Placement and having the correct camera in the right spot is important. The cameras located outside need to be obviously designated for outdoor use. Criminals paying attention might begin to wonder. Use dome cameras at the front door. Real dome cameras conceal where the lens is pointed. People expect to see this type of camera at entrances. They also provide 360 degrees of coverage, and are tamper proof. Cameras placed with no obvious target area will raise questions about their effectiveness. Also, ensure the camera lens is not pointed at the ground, the sides of the structure or pointed straight up.

Play Your Part Well and Others Will Play Theirs

You can call placing fake security cameras a process of elimination. Would be burglars that are serious about maintaining their freedom will make on the spot assessments. Simply by driving by a potential target, a burglar will eliminate that house as a target, if security measures are obvious. The potential payoff is calculated by assessing risk. Like any professional contractor, the cost of the job is estimated by the amount of effort that must be put forward. A plumber, for example, will lose profit if they misjudge the effort and materials needed. A criminal that does this loses their freedom. Your part as a homeowner is to ensure the cameras always have fully charged batteries to operate the motion sensors and lights. Use widow decals and yard signs to warn of video surveillance.

Many Crimes are Crimes of Opportunity

Fake cameras are not just for the exterior of the home or business. You may have simply assumed that an intruder will never see the inside of the home if they leave after spotting cameras around the exterior. As a homeowner, stop and calculate how many people beside family members have been inside your home over the course of days, weeks or even months.

The cable installer is all over the home, they are in the basement, attic and every room inside. They are not professional criminals however. The large screen television or the new laptop may be more appealing than their sense of right or wrong. They overhear a conversation and realize the home will be vacant at a certain time. They plan and they decide to supplement their wages. Then they spot the camera mounted high in the corner with blinking red lights. It is a motion activated one. You as a homeowner have just thwarted a crime.

This is a prime example of why the cameras must be installed as if real. The cable installer, an electrician or any contractor has more mechanical knowledge than the average person does. You may think well they can spot a fake. They can if the fake camera is not installed properly. Quality fake cameras have real cables attached and many even come with AC adapters for use with household current. Mount the cameras in logical places and plug them in if applicable. Make sure the cables are run into the wall if they need to be. Criminals are aware of wireless cameras so the fact that cables are not protruding everywhere does not raise any questions.

However, they may look for a receiver. Make a point to keep the office locked when workers are present, if they need access be there to keep them from looking to closely at things. Have a file cabinet and keep it locked even if it is empty. Locked doors and secured cabinets all maintain the illusion. Individuals see the cameras and then find doors and file drawers locked they soon put the pieces together. This is doing your part as a security conscience homeowner. They have no idea if the receiver is in there. Unless they have access to your computer, they cannot tell if it is the receiver either. This is not to say that professional contractors are dishonest. The truth is many break-ins are done by individuals that have been in the home before, in some cases, more than once.

By no means, is any statement meant to indicate, or give the impression cable installers or any professional contractor is dishonest. The statement is simply to illustrate how many people may have been in a home over a certain period.

You may be thinking that if all of this has to be done why not just go ahead and install real ones. The cost is the reason why. Budgetary constraints are a major factor. The steps you take to maintain the illusion cost you little in dollars. The payoff however, is well worth the effort. The material costs are just a small percentage when compared to having real cameras professionally installed and monitored.

To maintain the deception, it is wise to install the fake security cameras yourself. The local contractor unwittingly may tell their colleagues or partner. Security is about keeping secrets. For example, armored car drivers never use the same route twice in succession. Their manifest will never have an inventory of contents. It is all about maintaining a security profile. The unknown will make intruders move on to the next house.

Criminals Do Not Want To Work Hard So They Spend Time Looking For Easy Targets

Your home says a lot about you, how it is maintained, what the lawn looks like and so forth. Cameras tell intruders you are paying attention. Fake Security CamerasThieves look for people who appear unaware of their surroundings. Toys or tools strewn about the driveway and yard tell people you may not be paying attention. Lack of obvious security is an open invitation. You have heard the term keeping up appearances. It applies to your security profile, as well.

An expensive looking surveillance system loses some of its impact when someone sees a cheaply constructed hollow core front door. The lock is not effective and easily defeated. The home profile as a whole must indicate you are aware of things, and are pro-active when it comes to security.

You have worked hard for your possessions and your family’s safety is the number one priority. It requires some effort to install fake security cameras and you must apply all the window dressing to go along with it. However, by not doing so you have set yourself up for an intrusion. Do not install cameras in trees with no obvious means of power where leaves and branches block the lens. This tells everyone you have thought about security but have only put a half-hearted effort into it. Tinkering around the edges when it comes to security is obvious to criminals. The efforts send a signal you are not serious, and frankly may not have a clue.

Like a Good Lie Good Deception Mixes In the Truth

Professional bodyguards put tremendous effort into deception. They mix the real in with the fake. When driving their client to and from places they use several cars all the same make and model. No one knows which vehicle to target. Anyone with ill intent is confused, overwhelmed and the majority of the time will give up any attempt.

Unlike money, you can have too many cameras, in some instances. Large estates are expected to have cameras in specific locations. Cameras would be mounted at the gatehouse or covering an entrance gate. The cameras would be mounted to screen visitors or capture vehicle license plates. Anyone would expect a large number of cameras to be present. There would be several covering the perimeter, the backyard, pool area and driveway. The cameras even if fake will still give the correct impression. However, having a large number of expensive looking cameras located around a modest dwelling can send the wrong signal.

It is perfectly acceptable to mix fake security cameras in with real ones that capture and record images. Many homeowners want a real camera to be able to see who may be at the front door. However, they realize most burglars gain access from back doors, upstairs windows and so forth. Decoy cameras can be placed in among real ones to increase your home’s security. Once again, place them in logical locations. One must cover the backyard and any doors or windows where anyone could gain entry. Homes having security gates at the end of their driveway would want one there, as well. These are logical locations and no one would question their position.

Parents regardless of economics want a camera to be able to monitor their child’s care while with a babysitter. They have prioritized, and placed the camera where they foresee the highest risk. In this case, fake cameras can be used in other areas of the home for the babysitter’s benefit. The babysitter has in all likelihood, determined the nanny cam is real. Therefore, others mounted high in the corners of certain rooms will be real to them, as well. This goes back to keeping honest people honest. Let them know you are paying attention and aware.

Prevention is the motivation behind fake security cameras. Let people know up front you are watching. No one wants to take the chance of being recorded committing a criminal act or even a very dumb act. Workers in your home when you are away may decide to help themselves to leftovers in the refrigerator. Seeing cameras mounted will stop this type of activity. Nosy neighbors will not snoop while your back is turned. This brings up another point. Do not tell your friends and neighbors. Once you tell a secret, it of course, is no longer a secret.

Part of good deception is being mysterious about certain things. You must be closed mouthed about your security measures. When people are not sure they hesitate, and many times will not follow through with what they intended. You must maintain appearances to have the proper security profile that will protect your family and possessions.