Why fake CCTV cameras should never be used

Security cameras are an essential tool for safeguarding your business from unwanted intruders. Some businesses resort to installing fake security cameras to deter intruders. While this may seem like a cost-effective solution, it is crucial to understand why fake security cameras are a bad idea and could face legal implications and liability for property owners or managers. 

1. No recorded footage: Fake cameras are unreliable because they do not provide any recorded footage. Although the mere presence of a fake camera can sometimes deter criminals, they can also provide a false sense of security. In the event of a break-in or other incident, fake cameras cannot provide any useful evidence to assist authorities in identifying and apprehending the culprit.

2. May make your business more of a target: The use of fake security cameras may actually increase the likelihood of a break-in, rather than deter it. Criminals are not easily fooled by fake cameras, and some may even view them as an indication of inadequate security measures throughout the business.  By using fake cameras, businesses may inadvertently signal to experienced criminals that they are trying to cut corners on security, thereby making their property an easier target.

3. May damage a business's reputation: With fake cameras you may be misleading your customers into believing that their safety and security are being prioritized. If a security breach occurs and customers realize that the cameras are fake, it can seriously damage your reputation and result in a loss of trust and a potential lawsuit.

4. Affordability: The good news is that real, functioning security cameras are more affordable now than ever before. With our leasing structure and technological advancements, the cost of real cameras has significantly decreased over the years. Businesses can now choose from a variety of effective and affordable solutions to keep their assets and employees safe.

There have been real-life cases where businesses have been successfully sued in arguing that their “fake” security cameras provided a sense of security. Some lawsuits allege that businesses and associations violate false advertising to mislead people into thinking a higher level of safety is being provided.

While fake security cameras may seem like a quick fix, they come with significant risks and downsides. To best protect your business and it’s assets, it is always best to invest in a real, functioning security system.