Getting an authentic-looking fake security camera can cost quite a bit more than a cheap knock-off model. The cheapest legitimate security cameras are priced at around $50, while the better-looking dummy security cameras are close to this amount, too. Basically, if you’re willing to buy and install a dummy security camera, you might as well consider a full-fledged alternative that actually records.
In the event of a break-in, fake security cameras obviously can’t record footage. Experienced criminals may also be able to spot them as fakes. There are also potential legal issues with a security camera that makes people outside your home or business into feeling safe. If they felt safe because they believed dummy security cameras were real, they may have grounds for legal recourse.
We recommend starting with a cheaper DIY security camera that’s easy to install. After all, if you’re willing to install a fake security camera, you might as well install the real thing.