Are Decoy Security Cameras Worth It?

Posted by Amy Hite on July 25, 2016

A simple online search showed a variety of decoy security cameras. These cameras seemed attractive on the surface. The price was significantly lower a real surveillance camera and newer decoy were designed to look just like the real thing.

Although it was initially cheaper, decoy security cameras were a lot more expensive in the long run.

A business automatically exposed itself to liability problems when a property manager bought decoy security cameras. These cameras provided a false sense of security to customers and employees. It also left a business vulnerable to lawsuits. For example, what if a robbery or assault occurred on the property? The victim could sue the property due to security negligence.

Decoy security cameras have been on the market for quite some time. As a result, criminals were able to tell the difference between the real and fake security cameras. Criminals often tested out a security camera. A smart criminal would cause a small amount of damage. If there was no alarm or police response, that meant the camera was fake. Only the less informed criminals were unable to tell the difference between real and decoy security cameras.

A business exposed their assets to criminals when they used decoy security cameras. Assets were exposed to damage or theft. Some property managers used security guards to combat this problem. Unfortunately, a security guard was not always where they needed to be. The security guard may have been patrolling a different area or taking a break. A security guard may not have been able to provide important identification information such as license plates or distinguishable features.

The benefits of a surveillance system with real security cameras outweighed the costs. Various businesses have taken advantage of the video surveillance benefits. Real security cameras provided the necessary security for employees and customers across multiple commercial properties.

Decoy security cameras were unable to notify anyone if something occurs. A surveillance camera proactively watched could notify local authorities and property managers immediately.

Outdoor surveillance cameras compensated for the shortcomings of a security guard. A strategically placed camera was able to continually watch a property and could document important identifying features.

Stealth Monitoring is a security industry leader in live video surveillance with over 9,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime cities in the U.S. while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator can see unusual activity in real-time, activate a speaker warning to deter the criminals, and call the local police.

Please contact Stealth today for more information to protect your commercial property. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at commercial properties, as well as other businesses.

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