ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Video Camera: Dummy Surveillance vs. Cheap Security Camera Systems

Updated on June 2, 2014
Stop thieves with camera dummy surveillance
Stop thieves with camera dummy surveillance

Is having the appearance of security measures the same as having actual ones, or are the manufacturers of video cameras – dummy surveillance ones to be exact – preying on the misconceptions of small business owners and individuals looking for a crime deterrent? That's a pretty important question considering the price difference between a dozen mock surveillance cameras and a dozen real ones. A fake security camera with a motion detector runs less than $10. A real camera that works with a motion detector and records to a DVR runs about 10 times that much (on the low end).

Can a Dummy Camera Be Cheap Security?

If you don't have a lot of cash and the people you are trying to dissuade from your property, a fake surveillance camera might work. Some of them have blinking red lights that simulate a working video system. Others work on motion detectors or have oscillating motors. The problem is, professionals can easily spot a fake camera. Dummy surveillance won't stop a pro, in fact, it might invite one. Even a fancy fake security camera with motion detectors won't fool the professional. Your mock surveillance camera might even invite one. Having a dummy system indicates that you are don't have a real one, so the thief will feel safe entering your property. So, you'll inadvertently be spending cash to make yourself more vulnerable.

Do you use video surveillance?

See results

Telltale Signs of a Fake Surveillance Camera

  • A single wire – real cameras need both a power cable and one to transmit audio and video.
  • Blinking red lights – real cameras do not want to draw attention to themselves and seldom have a blinking light. Thank the film industry for the blinking light effect because it has been seen so often it stays in our conscious. If security cameras do have a light, it is a green power indicator and is often placed out of view to the general public.
  • Cameras that move fluidly back and forth are usually fakes. Real tracking cameras focus in on an individual and track that person – they do not move back and forth.

Video surveillance is so commonplace that it blends in with all types of environments.
Video surveillance is so commonplace that it blends in with all types of environments.

Why Upgrade from Dummy Surveillance to a Video Camera System?

The expense involved in buying dummy surveillance cameras falls between $100 and $200. That type of investment on mock surveillance cameras and fake security cameras with motion detectors could be all you need, but there are relatively cheap security camera systems available for $400. These may not be the best products in the world, but they do provide basic surveillance for your property.

Use Cameras To:

  • Monitoring customer service lines and allocating employees as needed
  • Identify bottlenecks in the customer service process
  • Watch food areas to make sure quality standards are being met
  • Learn customer shopping habits to place high margin items in traffic flow
  • Immediately responding to customer emergency situations

There are plenty of good reasons to use real surveillance equipment instead of mock surveillance cameras. One of the most important is that placing video camera dummy surveillance up can give the public a false sense of security while they are on your property. They may do things that they wouldn't normally do, like leave valuables in a car or confront a pickpocket, assuming there will be video of the situation. When there isn't, you can be held liable and sued for damages.

Business Owners Can Use Video Surveillance Systems to Increase Profits

Decreasing employee and outside theft has an immediate effect on the bottom line. You can see it directly in the shrink numbers on the quarterly report. What might not be so evident are some of the other things that camera systems do (and this is where dummy surveillance can be increasingly effective).

Fake security cameras with motion detectors can cause you employees to believe they are on camera whenever they are on the campus. This will reduce slacking, increase individual performance and reduce the temptation to do something they wouldn't like to be seen doing on camera. Dummy cameras, in essence, prevent crimes of opportunity.

Real video surveillance is much more useful (as it should be for the increased cost). Where a fake security camera with a motion detector might stop vandalism, a CCTV system can help you in a plethora of ways.

  • Capture slip and fall injuries
  • Monitor the back doors for product theft
  • Watch parking lots to keep employee goods and vehicles free from vandals
  • Monitor loiterers
  • Watch employee productivity and use footage to dispute wrongful terminations
  • Verify all cash handling to prevent theft by employees and quick change artists

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)