They know when you're faking it! The real deal about fake security cameras.
You know who you are, and so do the crooks who make a career of breaking in to people's homes and businesses: security camera fakers! While your fake security camera may trick an amateur burglar or cause a bit of hesitation, or stall a hit job, in the end they know when you're faking it. In the end, it's the home or business that ends up losing, not the crook.
Alarm.com, one of our superior brand partners, delivers the bad news to fake security camera users and the reality of not only the risk you're taking but what you're missing out on by being penny wise and dollar foolish when it comes to securing your home, your business, and everything you've worked for.
DO FAKE SECURITY CAMERAS WORK?
Some people have funny ideas about home security. Certain homeowners, for example, boast about preventing burglaries with nothing more than a large Beware of the Doberman sign. Others park a pair of muddy size 14 boots outside the front door as a crime deterrent. Some will tell you to entrust your security to a fake security cameras—an empty camera body designed to mimic a video monitoring solution. When a burglar spots your dummy camera—complete with blinking, battery-powered red light if you spring for the high-end $20 model—they'll quickly beat a retreat… or so the story goes. Does it work? It's a home security urban legend with a grain of truth. A novice burglar might just be fooled, although experienced crooks can quickly spot a fake. When this cheap trick fails, though, what's left to protect your home? After all, there's a whole lot that a fake camera can't do.
FAKE CAMERAS CAN'T SHOW YOU IMPORTANT ACTIVITY
Image: An intruder dressed as a clown with a knife attempts to invade a home in the UK
Take this everyday scenario: While you're at work, someone walks up to your front porch. Here's how it might go with a real camera, and with a fake one. Real camera: With a true security camera, powered by Alarm.com, you'll be notified. The visitor's motion triggers your camera to record a clip, and Alarm.com sends you a smartphone alert. On opening the alert, you can pull up a live feed from your camera on your Alarm.com app and see what's happening.
Now, you can take action. You can call your spouse if they're home and let them know. You can zoom in on the video feed for a better look at the visitor's face. If your camera is a doorbell camera, you can address them directly through the camera's speaker and ask them: hey, what's up? If it's someone you're expecting, you can unlock your door for them. Fake camera: With a fake camera, none of the above applies.
FAKE CAMERAS NEVER HELP CATCH CRIMINALS
Image: A police investigator reviews security camera footage of suspects at the scene of a crime
Let's say that your suspicious visitor really is up to no good. In fact, they're a package thief, and they make off with a parcel you just had delivered to your porch. Real camera: We're sorry about your missing package. Your Alarm.com-powered camera supplies a silver lining for you and your neighbors: a clear video clip of the thief in action. It's easy to download to your phone and email it to your local police department or newspaper. You can even post it directly to Facebook to share with your neighborhood groups.
Your video clip can quickly become a crime-fighting asset that gives police the breakthrough they need to recognize and catch the thief. PS: your South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia Alarm.com service provider, GenX Security, has a great solution to package theft.
Fake camera: You'll still realize your package went missing—after a couple of days, at least. Oh well. That's a bummer.
FAKE CAMERAS AREN'T CONNECTED TO A SECURITY SYSTEM
Image: Security cameras connected to an alarm system alerts professional monitors and dispatchers to activity
Let's look at the worst-case scenario. Your suspicious visitor is a daytime burglar intent on forcing your front door open, camera or no. Real camera: This burglar quickly discovers that your camera is connected to your smart security system. As well as recording them, your Alarm.com technology is simultaneously sounding a loud alarm, sending alarm notifications to you and your family, and delivering an emergency signal to a security professional at a 24-hour monitoring station. Fake camera: You're going to have a terrible surprise when you get home.
FAKE CAMERAS SHOW YOU ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
...BECAUSE THEY DO NOTHING!
Image: Security cameras can show you the full picture of your location at any time on the Alarm.com platform
Not everything that happens on your porch is an attempted burglary. On any given day, you're far more likely to have a package delivered, to have a neighbor visit, or to have your kids arrive home from school. Being able to see what's going on makes everything easier and reduces everyday worries, like after-school security for your kids. This is how millions of Alarm.com-powered cameras are used every day, and it's what many users love most about their smart security systems. With a fake camera, you don't get any of this.
PHASE OUT THE FAKE & FIND OUT MORE
It's time to stop faking it. Your fake security camera will NEVER protect you. It's literally money down the drain, and most burglars know the difference between real and fake. Savvy criminals are up to date on security technology brands and how they really look. It's part of their job to know what you've got!
GenX Security can show you how you can have your home and business fully integrated with smart security technology on the Alarm.com platform, and we can expertly place your cameras in both visible and perfectly discreet locations with perfect views. Our security investment quotes are ALWAYS FREE.
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