RE: [infoguys-list] dummy cameras
- I would add to what Bob has mentioned and say that the most effective
security system in a high visibility situation is one where the perps can
see themselves on the monitors. If the monitors are on display through a
window in the front office there is no doubt that they are on view. The
only doubt is whether they are being recorded or not and they more often
than not are not willing to take that chance after seeing themselves on TV.
Costa Mesa, CA
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Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: [infoguys-list] dummy cameras
> I manage a nearly 500 unit self-storage complex in Texas. We have hadThink about it: Regardless of whether or not you advertise the security
> increased activity lately, break-ins, etc. What do you guys think
> about installing some dummy cameras. I have read about the liability
> issues associated with installing these type cameras. Of course, we
> would NOT advertise as having security cameras as a perk to renting
> from us, we would just put them up. Do any of you have any experience
> with these, or any information on this.
cameras as a security enhancement for the premises, a reasonable man
will believe them to be such and your liability remains unchanged.
OTOH, if he can't see them he can't make that assumption but then, if
they can't be seen, they have little or no deterrent effect.
The biggest problem with dummy camera installations that I've seen is
that the quality of the product is so poor that the only dummy fooled by
the dummy camera is the dummy that installed it. When you look at what
is available out there that actually works, you'll find that the price
difference between a working camera and a dummy that actually looks like
the real thing is not all that much. Why leave yourself blind AND open
to liability for a few dollars? Makes no sense.
Why not do it right and blend a SOLID video surveillance and recording
system -- something with reasonably good camera coverage, video motion
sensors in the DVR and a very large hard drive -- with some quality
dummy cameras that make the place look like a nuclear weapons storage
facility? Use the domed cameras where practical to keep the mopes
guessing, to make them think there are more REAL cameras out there than
there really are, and allow you to concentrate cameras in trouble areas
or areas of ingress/egress to the problem areas.
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