The history of video security systems dates back to the 1940s where it was first used for military purposes by the German government. The rapidly advancing technology contributes much to the rise of the surveillance technology and the modern day CCTV systems. It’s through the introduction of digital and wireless recording that made this closed circuit systems even more powerful. Since then, homeowners and business personnel have embraced this technology for the good and safety of their property.
Over the recent years, a new make of a fake CCTV camera was introduced into the Singapore security and surveillance market. These sets resemble the real surveillance cameras but lack in functionality. They have all the physical features of a genuine CCTV camera such as power light, realistic lens, color, shape and some have tilt and angle- rotation capabilities.
Before jumping to a concussion on whether you should purchase a real or a dummy CCTV camera, it’s important to understand the differences, the pros, and cons of each set. Below are the differences and all you need to know. Read on to get started.
Real versus Fake CCTV cameras
Real CCTV cameras come with a sophisticated architecture that utilizes either the wireless or wired technology to transmit two-dimensional signals (visuals and audio) from a given area to the control/ surveillance room. Some sets use sensors such as motion and image sensors to ensure accuracy, reliability, and efficiency in capturing images and videos.
Dummy CCTV have been crafted to imitate the real surveillance systems. They have a simple design that mimics the various brands in the market. Since they are limited in functionality, they are relatively cheap.
If you’ve evaluated your premise’s security plan and finds it necessary to incorporate some few sets of fake CCTV cameras, it’s better to choose those sets are similar ( at least in appearance) to the real CCTV cameras. This will help root out the probability of identifying your fake cameras from the real ones.
How to blend in a fake CCTV?
The sight of a security camera is enough to scare away a potential thief. Most petty thieves can’t clearly distinguish between a fake and a real camera and this can work out to your advantage. Experienced or the more sophisticated criminals may, however, notice your fake cameras and you’ll be an easy target.
If you already have a surveillance system in place, you can boost their effectiveness by adding a set of fake CCTV in certain areas within the premises. This is an economical option as far as keeping your home/ business secured from any form of harm or misuse. This should, however, be done precisely and accurately to avoid disclosing your intentions. You should choose a fake CCTV of the same structural architecture, color, and even size to increase the odds of making it look real and identical to the real cameras.
Fake CCTV cameras should be installed in the less demanding areas, for example; in your balcony, kitchen store or even in the backyard. This works effectively in neighborhoods that are less prone to theft and other crime-related activities.
Pros of a fake CCTV camera
. Requires no maintenance- You only need to clean them occasionally for aesthetic purposes.
. In most cases, they are pocket-friendly.
Cons of a fake CCTV camera
. They are fake and won’t record anything in case of a break-in
. Some models, especially the cheap ones, look fake from a glance. This makes your premises more susceptible to theft or damage.
. They aren’t effective in crime-prone neighborhoods and business centers.
Factors to consider when buying a real CCTV
Unless you are shopping the market for a fake CCTV camera, it’s not that easy to spot and distinguish a dummy from a real camera. Some people don’t even know that fake cameras legally exist in the market. This can be confusing especially for first-time buyers and it’s important to be specific when buying a real CCTV set for your surveillance needs.
Lens controls focus on the camera and are one of the vital aspects to consider. A zoom lens- either optical or digital are some of the best lenses you can get in the market.
The sensor specifications of CCTV cameras vary. There are the CMOS and the CCD sensors. The latter is more sensitive and consumes more power. The sensor size also determines the amount of light that each sensor can process and the quality of light it can produce. Next time you are buying a surveillance camera, you might want to consider discussing this aspect with the dealer to make sure you’re buying a real CCTV camera.
This is one of the most common specifications to consider when buying a CCTV set. TV lines, commonly TVL is the measure of horizontals lines of a given resolution that the camera can output on the monitor. This should be chosen such that the lens and sensors match with the output resolution and that the image quality isn’t compromised.
Why choose a real CCTV Camera
A real surveillance camera offers more than real-time security to your premises. It gives you a piece of mind while you’re away on a vacation or business meeting. From the convenience of your phone, you can view the images of your home and access the various videos to ensure everything is safe. This is, however, not the case for fake cameras.
One real camera is always better than ten fake ones. If someone notices a fake CCTV camera on your backyard, he/she will be more convinced that the other cameras are fake. This will cause you more harm, making your home more susceptible to theft and break-ins.
When price sensitivity is a major cause of concern and formalities needs to be satisfied, buying a dummy CCTV camera sounds more of a good idea.
In areas where your safety and those of your loved ones is at stake, a real CCTV camera is highly recommended. Unless you are sure and confident about your decision to use a fake CCTV camera in such places, it’s not always the wisest of investment. Buying a real surveillance system can be costly; it may require some dedicated maintenance and frequent software updates but it has more to offer in the long run.