Fake or “dummy” cameras have been around since the dawn of real security cameras. They are widely available at hardware stores and online, with the low price being a major selling point. However, fake cameras only offer a false sense of security and may cause more harm than good. In recent years, security systems have skyrocketed in demand and to no surprise, so have dummy cameras.

There are several reasons why fake cameras don’t work and shouldn’t be used around your home and/or business. When it all boils down, a fake camera provides no real security.

With crime rates rising in recent years, more Americans are taking extra precautions and security measures to protect both themselves and their families. While many are making a wise investment in a professional security system, others are choosing the perceived security route.

The Importance of Authentic Security Measures

Understandably, everyone wants to feel safe, but is it worth sacrificing actual security for one that only feels like it’s working?

Fake Cameras Provide No Evidence

No camera. No evidence.

At best, a dummy camera may deter criminal activity. Should the criminal move forward with their plan, there will be no proof of their activity. It’s also worth mentioning that just because a camera is present doesn’t mean a burglar won’t attempt a break-in. They may attempt a quick smash-and-grab and not even see the camera, or simply not care. Either way, a dummy camera will prove to be useless.

Fake Cameras Can Make Your Home a Target

Let’s say a criminal were to get away with stealing because the false cameras provide no evidence – what’s the likelihood of them striking again? Unfortunately, the chance of a repeat burglary is high. These criminals are now aware that the home is insufficiently secured and may keep a close eye on the property with the intention to strike again.

Without a professional security system, your home will remain at a higher risk. With home burglaries occurring every 25.7 seconds in the U.S. – it’s not worth taking a chance.

They are Easily Identifiable

For burglars who have some level of knowledge in security, fake cameras can be quickly spotted. If that’s not enough of a reason to avoid them, think of the many home invasion videos caught on camera. Those real cameras didn’t stop them, but they proved to be priceless in finding the culprit and charging them.

False Sense of Security = No Security

Whether installed in a home or business, fake cameras give occupants and employees a false sense of security and may fool them into believing that they are being safely monitored. This may also open up your business to potential legal risks. A victim of a crime may have felt a sense of security from a camera that they didn’t know was fake.

How Fake Cameras Can Pose a Legal Risk

In a business setting, what if employees are led to believe all the cameras are real and therefore rely on them for their security? 

For this example, let’s use a family-owned restaurant. It’s common for an employee to take out the trash at the end of the night, and though it’s in a questionably safe part of town, the employees feel at ease believing they are under surveillance. However, on one unfortunate night, an employee is the victim of a robbery while on the clock. In the pursuit of justice, they are going to want the video footage to accompany their police report. Little did they know, there is no footage, after all, the cameras are fake.

For this business owner, a lawsuit is likely on the horizon.

Make The Wise Choice. Choose a Professional Installer.

It can be concluded that a real security system is in your best interest, and it will provide actual security. After all, a professional security system is one of the best investments you can make for your overall peace of mind.

With a professional install, you can ditch the frustrating software updates and hardware issues. With 24/7 monitoring and local customer service, any problems that arise can be addressed in an instant.

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Brinton Security offers everything from state-of-the-art live monitoring to complete automation for your home and business. For over 20 years, Brinton Fire and Security has been a leader for both residential and commercial properties. Serving Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and a neighbor near you! 

Protect what matters and schedule your free consultation today.

With the rapid progression in security technology, many homeowners are left thinking to themselves, “Should I buy a DIY system or invest in professional installation?”

Deciding between purchasing a DIY system or investing in professional installation is a significant choice that demands careful consideration, as it can have a long-term impact and could prove to be a crucial factor in safeguarding your life.

Criminals and thieves are continually on the lookout for their next victim. This scouting period may take place over months, learning a homeowner’s schedule, their home layout from social media posts, and pinpointing areas for easy access. A simple 2-step DIY security system doesn’t have the functionality nor capability to monitor a home to the fullest extent. As a homeowner, you are hoping the system’s weak points won’t be sniffed out. 

Does hoping a security system works feel like a good way to live?

Investing in a professional security system for your home is a wise decision for several reasons. Here are the top 5:

1. Knowledge and Experience

Rather than reading through 100s of Amazon reviews before settling for a system, you can talk one-on-one with an experienced technician who has decades of experience. This simple step could save thousands of dollars in mistakes.

Integrating sensors, cameras, alarms, etc. into one cohesive and easy-to-use system is not so simple. A professional security company will have in-depth knowledge of what equipment will be needed, its operation, as well as the pros and cons of different configurations.

Moreover, relying on a professional installer guarantees that every angle and viewpoint is covered without any chance of omission, thereby ensuring maximum security and surveillance for you and your family.

2. All Inclusive Maintenance

Not only are DIY options prone to mistakes, they are also dependent on the homeowner to function properly. It’s not a matter of if there’s a technical issue, but when. When that time comes, whether it’s a software bug or a malfunctioning camera, you are responsible for fixing it. Hopefully, the fix is quick but if it’s not, that means your security system may be compromised for a prolonged period.

It’s worth noting that DIY security products are not manufactured to the same durability standards as those from a professional security company. Consequently, the required maintenance may prove to be frequent and extensive.

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A professional installer lives and breathes security. We know how vital it is to have a functioning system 24/7, and we’ll make it our priority to have it fixed ASAP. That’s just one of the benefits of working with a local provider.

3. Customized For Your Needs

Your home and lifestyle aren’t one-size-fits-all, so why should your security system fit that mold?

Proper placement is paramount when it comes to home security. However, most self-installs tend to prioritize monitoring the front and back doors, which only covers about half of the total home area. Unfortunately, this puts homeowners at a disadvantage with less protection and increased security risks.

With expert help, homeowners receive a complete home monitoring system. Along with 24/7 surveillance, you can add motion sensors, glass break detection, early detection technology, etc. All of it is tied to one system, rather than having a jumbled mess of applications and different remotes.

4. Avoid Stressful Hiccups

With new technology comes new hurdles… it’s going to take some time to get familiar with a security system if you’re trying to get it all done yourself. Sure, YouTube and online forums may provide some helpful tips and answers, but what do you do when you’re stuck in a rut?

With a DIY system, you have to depend on yourself. Common issues with do-it-yourself systems include false alarms, incompatibility issues with hardware, updates, and troubleshooting real-time notifications.

Installing and programming a security system can quickly become overwhelming, and lead to a compromised system. When it comes to securing you and your family, why leave gaps for intruders in your fortress?

5. Peace of Mind

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For DIY setups, there’s always that thought, “Did I install everything correctly? Will it work when I need it to?” The installer takes full responsibility for its reliability.

That’s not a reassuring feeling.

Whether you’re headed out of town for an extended vacation, running daily errands, or simply enjoying a quiet evening at home, having an experienced and reliable home security company at your fingertips can provide invaluable peace of mind. From initial consultation and installation to ongoing monitoring and support, professional home security companies offer a comprehensive range of services to meet your unique needs. With a focus on personalized care and attention to detail, these providers can work closely with you to create a custom security plan that keeps your home and family safe and protected.

What to Look For in a Security Company

For many homeowners, finding someone they trust to protect their home can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s crucial to choose a security provider that’s experienced, reputable, and has a proven track record of providing excellent service. 


If you’ve ever dealt with contractors, it can be a headache. They rarely show up on time, and “professional” is usually not how the interaction would be described. Sure, for a concrete job or a new roof, a contractor is fine, but not so much for securing your home.

A strong and dependable security business will last the test of time. Does their website reflect them as professionals? Are they providing up-to-date technologies? What do their reviews look like?

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Fortunately, these are all questions that can be easily answered with a quick search. Take the time to look through their social media channels, read their reviews, and if it fits the bill, schedule a time to talk.

If they are truly valuable, they will meet all the criteria.

Choosing Brinton Fire & Security

Founded in 2001, Brinton Security has been protecting homes and businesses throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. If you are looking for the best security service near you, the search is over.

Whether it’s a complete security system controlled from the palm of your hand, burglar alarms, fire safety, home automation – you can rest easy with 24/7 monitoring. Working with our professional technicians makes installation and programming a breeze. Plus, we take the time to show you how the system works. You’ll never be left confused or uncertain about which function does what, as everything will be crystal clear.

For those wanting hassle-free and dependable security, choose Brinton.

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