|Choosing your Dummy CCTV Cameras|
The Purpose of Dummy Cameras
Dummy cameras, are non-functional Close circuit cameras designed to fool intruders or people who enter your property into believing they are being filmed. Those cameras are intentionally placed in a noticeable place, so passing people notice them and believe the area to be monitored by CCTV.
Dummy cameras are a highly effective method of deterring intruders at a fraction of the price of normal camera systems. You should choose your dummy camera with care as many decoy cameras do not look real. This is why all our cameras use housing identical to those used in the CCTV industry.
The use of dummy cameras could save you hundreds or thousands of pounds per year. A real CCTV system will deter intruders but they can work out very expensive. Purchasing inappropriate security equipment will waste your time and money.
Often putting up several real cameras which cover the same area is money wasted as dummy cameras can be used alongside real cameras to give the same deterent at a fraction of the cost.
Since dummy cameras are non-functional, they are generally used in environments where the only need for a security camera is to deter minor theft and vandalism, such as small businesses like restaurants and convenience stores..
Dummy cameras are also used to mimic real CCTV systems to increase the deterrent effect at a minimal additional cost. Many camera kits offer dummy cameras that look identical to the real ones they sell. A typical camera kit may include four real cameras and four dummy cameras. The people being monitored are likely to assume that all of the cameras are real.
Dummy cameras work by planting a seed of doubt in the thieves head, which ultimately causes them to stop their criminal behaviour.
Internal or External
The type of dummy cctv camera you choose and where the camera is to be situated should be considered carefully before purchase, due to the variety of cameras available for indoor and outdoor use.
For an office environment or reception area where you want to give impression of CCTV presence, an internal Dome style camera may be most suitable. There are also Internal dummy cameras which have movement sensitive sensors like our Dummy Moving Camera with Motion Detection.
For more expansive outdoor areas like Car Parks, outside buildings or near Containers/Outdoor storage then our Larger Outdoor Professional Model would be more suitable.
It is a legal requirement when using real Camera systems to display signs warning people that CCTV is in operation, that is why you should choose Dummy Cameras which come with Stickers or Signs which warn of this.
By displaying this signage it will act as a further demonstration that the Cameras are real and therefore be an extra deterrent. All our Dummy CCTV Cameras come with Warning Stickers.
Why Dummy CCTV Cameras are a good choice
For a start Dummy Cameras are a lot more cost effective. Not just the costs invloved in buying the unit but also the monitoring time and recording of information.
Primarily the purpose of CCTV is often deterent so in this respect a Dummy Camera offers the same deterrent value of a real system. After all installing a Dummy Camera is arguably much better than having no camera at all.
A Decoy Camera can also work alongside genuine Camera Systems whereby the cost saving could be in having 4 Real Cameras and 4 Dummy Cameras as opposed to 8 Working Cameras.