A False Sense of Security: Fake Security Cameras

A False Sense of Security: Fake Security Cameras

Gregory Han
Jul 22, 2008

We just received word from our next door neighbor that someone might have tried to open her back door last night (though she also leaves the possibility she left it open). In either case, we live in a neighborhood where theft does occur often enough that it's a worry (bikes were recently swiped, locks and all, from our neighbor's front porch). What to do when you're on a budget and want to compliment a good deadbolt? Fake security cameras might be an option...

People tend to notice security cameras, even if placed out of the way. Not that long ago, while testing a security system, our neighbors and friends immediately noticed the one camera we installed on our second floor window pointing down at our front entry. Even when it was not on, people seemed to act differently just knowing it was there (the funny thing was watching people waving at it when we knew it was off and completely unplugged).

Why not take advantage of that psychological effect of surveillance and protect yourself with a intentionally noticeable security camera. You can purchase not only fake brand models, but actual replicas from security camera manufacturers like this one from Swann.

We personally like the selection at Smarthome, with multiple models that light up and even move back and forth with a motion sensor and fake cabling. There are interior dome models also, but we think that might be overkill and creep out invited guests.

Other home security posts on ATLA:
The Un-bumpable and Self Re-Keying Deadbolt from KwikSet
Kwikset Keyless Fingerprint Scan Door Lock
Defendius Door Chain (April Fool's)
Do You Leave Your Porch Light On?

(Image: Smarthome)

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