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Do Fake Home Security Cameras Work?

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Gina Post-Franco

Co-Owner at Post Alarm Systems
Gina is the Co-Owner at Post Alarm Systems, a family-owned alarm company that has been serving Southern California since 1956.
Gina Post-Franco
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Urban myths are funny things. There are even some related to home security: for example, the one that says fake security cameras are all a homeowner needs to keep intruders away. Maybe you “know a guy who knows a guy” who says he prevented burglaries with fake cameras, a “Beware of Dog” sign, or a big pair of boots designed to send the message that the homeowners inside are too tough to take on. Those all sound great – but unfortunately, there’s no way to prove that his cheap trick is the reason his home has never been broken into.

Plus, it’s possible that the only burglars who have ever staked out his home have been novices. Burglars who are new to the game are easier to fool – but one who has been in it for a while will almost always know better. Then, there are these facts:

Fake cameras can’t show you important activity.

Actually, they can’t show you any activity. A real home security camera that’s connected to the intrusion detection system will be triggered by motion in front of the camera, record a clip, and send you a smartphone alert. When you open it, you can pull up a live feed from your camera on your home security app to see what’s happening. From there, you can take action as you see fit. A fake camera can’t do any of these things, including the recording.

Fake cameras can’t help you catch anyone.

Let’s say the person at the door is up to no good. In fact, they’re a package thief ready to make off with the box on your porch. If you have a real home security camera, it will spring into action and send you a video clip of both the delivery and the person trying to steal it. Without that real camera that’s connected to your security system, there’s no clip of either one.

Fake cameras aren’t connected to a security system.

Then, there’s the worst-case scenario. The person at the door is not a mere package thief, but a burglar intent on forcing your front door open – and unfortunately, he’s the type of intruder who isn’t deterred by a camera.

With a real camera that’s connected to the home security system, the intruder is being recorded while there’s an audible alarm sounding, and an emergency signal is being sent to our own UL-listed, 5-diamond central station monitoring center. Because it’s located right here in Southern California, home security customers like you can be assured your alarm signal is locally monitored by operators who can reach law enforcement quickly.

With a fake camera? Unfortunately, it can’t do anything to help.

As you can see, there’s a vast difference between the false security of a fake camera and the protection that a real home security provides. To learn more about any of the features discussed here, contact Post Alarm Systems. We’ll be glad to answer your questions.

About Post Alarm Systems

To learn more about Southern California home security technology that enhances home security and protection, come see us at Post Alarm Systems. Our highly qualified and experienced home security experts can answer all your questions. Call us today at 1-800-654-7678.

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