For a bit of background: a fake security camera is a device that is set up to mimic a real security camera. They can look incredibly similar and are sold in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colours and designs. They can be as basic or as elaborate as the consumer desires, from the most simple model to cameras that zoom and pan as a real one would. They are fairly accessible from most hardware stores, though it is worth shopping around to ensure that they meet the desired specifications. Specialist security firms (usually with shops online) are likely to have wider range of both real and fake cameras.
Fake security cameras certainly do have their merits. For one, they are considerable cheaper than the real thing. A quick scout online will reveal that there can be hundreds of pounds difference between a real and fake camera. Indeed, a fake camera can be a cheap as a few pounds. A few pounds spent on what could be a major deterrent for criminals would certainly be worth it. Unfortunately, evidence would suggest that they are not as much as a deterrent as one might think. Research carried out by various agencies have determined that, whilst petty criminals may be deterred by a fake camera, experienced criminals will know the difference and continue with their crime.
Unfortunately, as good as fake cameras are, they often have subtle qualities that will give them away. The most common, and perhaps the most surprising, being the little red light that blinks on the front of the device. It often thought that the red light will plant the idea to a potential intruder that he/ she is being watched, whereas in fact many real cameras do not have this feature, rather just a static small light at the side. Secondly, a fake camera often is provided with only one wire, whereas a real security camera will require several as will need to be connected to video recorders and a tv screen system. However, manufacturers of fake cameras are beginning to acknowledge this and are providing models with more realistic features. It is also worth noting that fake cameras will not be able to focus on people and adjust their movement accordingly, rather they will just scan periodically. Again, an experienced criminal will notice this and once a criminal has realized that some of the security system is fake they are less likely to be respectful of the property. Another point worth reiterating is that, regardless of how cosmetically good the camera is, it is fake. Therefore, in the event of criminal activity, there will be no evidence for the police. Some owners of fake cameras have also been sued by people using their facilities who stated thy were lulled into a false sense of security, which is certainly worth noting.
In conclusion, whilst fake security cameras certainly do have their merits: in the long term, if a person values their property, it really is worth investing in the real deal.