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Are Fake Security Cameras Effective?

fake security camerasAre fake security cameras effective? The answer is a resounding “Yes.”

I’m going to give you a tip right out of playbook “The Art of War: by Sun Tzu” (That’s a free ebook link by the way, I recommend downloading it)  Winning against your adversary, in this case thieves, is about how well you can deceive them.

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

– The Art of War

A great idea as part of your overall home security plan is to have BOTH fake and real security cameras. Make Sun Tzu proud by making your fake security cameras visible to would-be thieves, while making your real security cameras concealed.

Fake security cameras have helped to prevent many crimes. Mounted in high profile, totally visible locations, these cameras are not hooked up to anything, they mostly operate for a long time on batteries and sometimes have a few flashing lights or other obvious characteristics to make them look as if they are doing something.

Many a would-be robber has changed his or her mind about entering someplace illegally after spotting one of these dummy security cameras looking right at them. With today’s technology, an inexperienced thief really has no way to know whether or not he’s looking at a wireless, state of the art surveillance device or a fake security camera. Some of them actually pan back and forth, although these require more frequent battery changes.

Fake security cameras are especially effective in areas that you expect to be covered by security cameras. For instance, many of the cameras in subway stations around the world are fake security cameras and nobody can tell the difference. During hard times, when the crime rates inevitably rise and cities are strapped for cash, the ratio of fake cameras to real ones was about 2-to-1 in some metropolitan areas.

Knowing that the fake cameras would be regarded as real, the fakes were sprinkled in among the real ones to provide an extra incentive for would-be robbers and thieves to practice their trade in another location. Except for the lack of recorded footage provided by the real cameras, dummy security cameras are almost as effective in reducing crime rates in subways as the real ones are.

Only sophisticated thieves can tell — at a distance — whether they are being observed by a real security camera.

The idea is to deter common unsophisticated thieves with the fake cameras while having a much more robust system to catch the more sophisticated thieves. Keep this system as concealed as possible as high tech systems could point to your location as a target of wealth.  And yes, for our 2nd amendment readers, a good multi-layered plan involves more than just your gun.  The idea is to stop a thief before they have to meet Smith and Wesson.

Another great addition to that multi-layered system are remote doorbell cameras like the Ring Video Doorbell.  These systems allow you to communicate with people at your door from anywhere in the world via your smartphone.

In summary, Remember Sun Tzu.

  • You don’t want to give away the impression of wealth.  Make it appear as if you have nothing worth stealing
  • You want thieves to think you are home even when you are not.
  • You want thieves who may assume you are not home to think your home is very well visually covered
  • You want smart sophisticated thieves to be caught by your more robust system


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