Will Decoy Security Cameras Put Your Property at Greater Risk?

Posted by Amy Hite on April 27, 2017

A simple online search will pull up over 150,000 results for decoy security cameras. These cameras can easily be bought at popular online retailers or big box chains. On the surface, decoy surveillance cameras look just like the real deal and cost significantly less. But they may be more expensive in the long run.

Decoy security cameras automatically put a commercial property at risk for liability issues. The decoy surveillance cameras provide a false sense of security to customers and employees. If a robbery or assault took place at a commercial property, the victim could sue for security negligence.

Smart criminals can tell the difference between real surveillance cameras and decoy security cameras. The criminal would test the security cameras on site by causing a little damage. If an alarm doesn't go off or if police don't respond, they can determine that the surveillance camera is a fake.

As a result, decoy security cameras can expose indoor and outdoor assets to theft. To combat this problem, some property managers hire on-site security guards. Security guards cannot be at all places at once. They may be patrolling a different area or taking a break. Also, a security guard may not be able to provide important identifying features like license plates or distinguishable features of vandals or thieves.

A customized security solution can combat these issues and can provide real help in reducing crime. Strategically placed outdoor security cameras can provide views throughout the property.

Decoy security cameras cannot notify anyone if there is a crime in progress. A remote video surveillance service can see unauthorized activity and notify site staff and police.

Many commercial properties in Canada and the U.S. utilize remote video monitoring. These clients include shopping centers, strip malls, industrial properties, construction sites, office spaces, and flex spaces.

UCIT Online and Stealth Monitoring are the leader in remote video surveillance in Canada and the U.S, with over 400 employees, 9 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. UCIT proactive video monitoring watches over 16,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. UCIT’s remote monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 756-7847 or contact UCIT today for more information to protect your outdoor assets. Visit the UCIT web site to see real videos of criminals being arrested at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.

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