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Pros and Cons of Dummy Security Measures for Communities

by Kimberly Sutherland on Feb 4, 2020 8:21:00 AM

Are you a community board member who's worried about the security of your community? One of the best ways to deter burglars is by having a security system. In fact, every 13 seconds, a home burglary occurs in our country. Besides providing protection, security cameras can give residents peace of mind. If you don't want to invest in real security cameras, there are fake security systems that can effectively chase off intruders. If you're wondering whether fake security cameras are the way to go, here are three of their main benefits, along with some of their disadvantages.

1. They Can be More Affordable

Of course, the main reason for opting for a fake security system over a real one is that it's much more affordable. Although they cost considerably less than real security cameras, fake security systems have some features that are effective in discouraging even some of the smartest intruders.

2. Looks Like the Real Thing

A huge perk of fake security systems is that they look realistic. The majority of these products include items, such as camera housing, blinking "recording" lights, fake antennas, mounting hardware and authentic looking camera lens that looks realistic enough to deter the bad guys. It's hard for burglars to know if these fake cameras are the real thing unless they actually break into a home. Fortunately, most thieves aren't brave enough to take the risk of finding out.

3. Low Maintenance

Besides costing significantly less, fake security cameras don't entail hardly any upkeep. All they need is an occasional wipe-down so that they look more authentic. Some units use battery-run LED lights for mimicking online operations. All you need to do is replace the batteries when needed. But real security cameras must be regularly inspected. What's more, the lens has to be cleaned, and the wiring needs to be periodically replaced and tested.


On the other hand, there are some drawbacks to using a fake security system. For example:

  • A potential thief who's checking out your premises can do an internet search to check the legitimacy of whatever security company that you've advertised as using.
  • Some intruders peek through windows and doors to look for alarm keypads. If they don't see one, they may think your security cameras aren't real.
  • Fake camera systems are unable to record the license plates of intruders, while real cameras have this function. What's more, dummy cameras don't have video footage.
  • The blinking red light featured on many dummy cameras, which isn't found on a real security camera, can be a clue at it's a fake to professional burglars.

Other Considerations and Warnings

  • Probably most importantly, ensure that your homeowners are aware of the fact that your security cameras are fake!
  • You can position a fake camera that has a swivel base in whatever direction that's preferred so that it seems as if it's monitoring your premises. Usually, a professional burglar looks for cameras that are mounted on swivel bases.
  • It's a good idea to pair a dummy camera with other types of security measures, including home-security alarms and door chimes.
  • Probably, the most critical feature for a fake camera is an LED light. Look for the one with the brightest light because power lights with the brightest lights are more likely to scare off would-be intruders, so they won't break into a home.
  • Be familiar with all the rules for implementing a security camera. Keep in mind that laws apply even to fake security cameras.
  • These cameras have to be positioned in lawful locations. Consider that crimes occurring in spots where dummy cameras have been located can mean an association being at risk for creating a sense of false security for its residents, besides its visitors. As a result, lawsuits may be filed.
  • Weigh the pros and cons of having a fake security system for your community.
  • Don't buy the first product you see. There's a wide selection of cameras from which to choose. Thus, it's important to research companies and select the one with the features that best fits the needs of your community.
  • If your community does decide on a dummy security system, be sure it looks realistic enough to fool even the wisest criminals.

Whether or not to install a fake security system depends on the specific needs of your community. Does your HOA board need professional help in deciding on the best way to protect its residents, in addition to assistance in other areas, such as budget management? Contact us and learn more about how we can make your community the best place to live.

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