It can sound silly but several times in the same situation I tried to convince people that there are no cameras at site but people continue to insist that "they" have cameras and "they" see and record everything. Thus it works.
I think maybe that signs alone are better than dummy cameras.
Because if you can spot the dummy you think you are in the clear; and even if you don't think it's a dummy, you'll avoid it's estimated FOV and look for uncovered areas.
But if you only see a sign but can't find the cameras, would you have the confidence (and the nerve) to risk missing a pin-hole camera and end up on one of those 'America's most dumbest criminals' shows?
Security camera signs without security cameras can lead to a lawsuit because they can give someone a false sense of security and if something happens to them or their vehicle,etc while on that businesses property 9 times out of 10 they'll be pursuing a lawsuit. I always recommend to my customers that if they dont have a security staff watching 24/7, to post signs stating that the cameras are being recorded for forensic/investigative purposes.
Pro Focus LLC | 05/24/16 02:37am
There is a restaurant near me that is kind of upscale. They have "Property Under Surveillance" signs posted all over, but not a single camera to be found. I think most customers will assume there are cameras, but surveillance could mean something else.
IPVMU Certified | 05/24/16 02:15pm
IPVMU Certified | 05/27/16 06:01pm
False cameras may or may not deter crime, but this really isn't an important point for the conversation we're having. There is actual security, and there is the illusion of security.
To boil it down, the main question floating around is whether or not posting signs is of benefit, assuming that no cameras are actually installed. I say no, not really.
First off, I think it's dishonest to say cameras are in use when they actually are not. Whether or not dishonestly posted signs are subject to litigation, I don't know and don't care.
If I were running on a low budget, I'd at least run a line or two to a self-installed camera. If I couldn't afford a functioning camera, I'd buy a broken/out of warranty quality/brand name camera and place it somewhere practical, realistic, and visible (I'm wary of seasoned criminals that know a real camera from a fake one).
I'd make no written or posted guarantee that security footage is being recorded (unless it actually is).
IPVMU Certified | 05/31/16 04:03pm
So is it really being dishonest or deceptive when you lie to a thief? Just sayin!