In recent years the home security space has gotten rather crowded. You might have looked at all your options, felt a little intimidated by the amount of choices and started to think that maybe opting for fake security cameras in an effort to avoid the process is a good idea.

Fake security cameras or a combination of them with real security systems may seem like an intriguing option to consider, but these fake dummy cameras won’t offer the protection that you’re seeking. Here’s why:

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You Aren’t Actually Protected

The most important reason to avoid fake security equipment is because they aren’t actually protecting you of anything. Fake equipment may save you money for the time being, but in the event of a burglary, you won’t have a response from law enforcement, video proof of the incident, or even a push notification to let you know that something is happening.

Home security is a tool meant to provide actual protection, not for the purpose of leaving you worse off than when you started.

You’ll also be missing out on carbon monoxide monitors, smoke detectors, and all of the other essentials that an all inclusive home security system will provide.

Savvy Burglars Can Spot the Fakes

Most fake security cameras that can be purchased on the market are designed to look like CCTV cameras. This is often a dead give away in and of itself, because most modern security isn’t CCTV.

Some of these systems do have features that are realistic enough to allow them to pan, tilt, or zoom, but savvy burglars won’t be thwarted by the fakes.

Many fake cameras come with flashing red lights to draw attention to would be burglars and convince them of the security camera, but the irony is that these red flashing lights are unique to dummy cameras. Real cameras don’t have them, so all they do is alert burglars that there isn’t a camera present. This detail immediately points to the fact that the camera is fake. 

You Could be Sued

Some businesses and homeowners have actually been sued for their use of dummy cameras, because they provided a sense of false security.

If you are a home or business, your fake cameras give guests the impression that they are being protected on your property. Since some fake home security setups even have accompanying signs and postage, that may further the  notion that protection is present. 

If an incident happens on your property and you aren’t properly able to protect, or provide evidence to law enforcement of what happened to your patrons, it’s possible that they sue for the sense of false security that was provided and the damages that incurred. 

Copyright Infringement

If your fake security setup is accompanied with signs and postage that advertise your security (something that you should have if you have real protection) then it’s possible that you can be sued for copyright infringement.

Placing signs can be seen as improperly using copyrighted materials that you haven’t been provided access to, since you aren’t a paying customer.

These are some of the instances that may arise if you choose to opt for fake home security instead of the real thing.

We suggest straying away from the fakes and opting for real protection. Having home security isn’t about the illusion of safety, but the peace of mind that comes with the assurance of actual protection.