That is the question!
So, youâ€™re thinking of plumping for the cheaper option and installing dummy CCTV cameras around your home or business?Â But before you do, there are a few things you ought to consider.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cost
From a quick google search, itâ€™s clear that dummy CCTV cameras are the cheaper option, which can be hugely tempting for business and homeowners looking to save money.Â But is it false economy?
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Quick to install
With a dummy camera, you can pretty much install it yourself.Â There are no holes to drill, no electric wires to connect â€“ and therein lies the real problem.Â The reason theyâ€™re quick and easy to set up is because theyâ€™re not actually connected to anything, not even your alarm system.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Good deterrent against inexperienced burglars
Most false CCTV cameras can look convincing to the inexperienced eye, especially from a distance; but get up close and there is the possibility that your burglar will twig and gleefully carry on and break into your home or business.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Potential lawsuit
It may surprise you, but if you have signs saying something like: â€œCCTV in operationâ€ but youâ€™re using dummy cameras â€“ you are creating a sense of false security â€“ and opening yourself up to a potential lawsuit should things go wrong.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â They wonâ€™t fool experienced burglars
The cheapest fake CCTV cameras have one very big tell â€“ they donâ€™t have a flashing LED showing that they are switched on and active.Â Whilst some of the more advanced fakes do have this function; there is still no fooling a seasoned burglar who will know what else to look for.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Zero reduction in your insurance premium
Did you know that having working CCTV alongside your alarm system can actually REDUCE your insurance premiums?
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If the worst happens â€“ thereâ€™s no evidence
This is the biggest cost to the homeowner or business owner.Â In the event that you are a victim of burglary and youâ€™ve only installed dummy CCTV; you wonâ€™t have any coverage to show the police.
CCTV can be a highly effective addition to your alarm system, and here at Eversafe, we have a range of systems that can be tailored to suit your needs that still offer excellent value for money.
Some of the great features on our CCTV systems include: remote access, so you can be sure that, wherever you are and whatever youâ€™re doing, youâ€™re home and business are secure.