So you’ve just moved into your new house, and you’ve got already got a hundred home improvement ideas buzzing about in your head. One of your main concerns is protecting your investment in your new home with alarm systems, locks, and maybe even security cameras.
We all want the best protection for our houses, and as far as protection goes, security cameras are the most interactive part of the security system. But if you just bought a house, money can be tight, and a single high-quality camera can set you back hundreds of dollars.
If you can’t afford the real thing, fake security cameras are a tempting way way to provide some protection at a low price. But you have to ask yourself: Are the savings worth it?
Security cameras have plenty of advantages when it comes to protecting your home—there’s no doubt about it. First, they serve as a deterrent. If prospective burglars look around and spot the cameras, they may decide that your home is more trouble than it’s worth. The last thing criminals want is for their face to end up on the evening news and all over the internet.
The other main advantage of security cameras is that if prospective thieves don’t spot the cameras and manage to enter your property, you may be able to capture their faces on record.
You can check how many people were there, what time the burglary occurred and what was taken from your home. The more helpful information you can provide to law enforcement officers, the more resources they can devote to bringing the burglars to justice.
Fake cameras provide that initial deterrence, relying on their visibility as a threat. They’re bluffing, basically. If burglars don’t see the camera, if they know it’s fake or if they just don’t care, then the fake camera is useless.
With that in mind, there are three main reasons to go for fake security cameras instead of real ones.
But are these advantages enough to make up for the downsides of installing fake security cameras?
If you’re trusting of your neighborhood and you are absolutely certain you’ll never get anything but petty thieves, then you might be able to get by with fake security cameras.
But any thief worth their salt won’t be deterred by fakes, and they may even be encouraged once they recognize them. Your belongings and your peace of mind are worth more than temporary savings. Besides, real security cameras aren’t that much more expensive than fake ones anymore.
Most fake cameras are cheaper than real ones; after all, blinking lights in a plastic case is always going to be cheaper than an actual camera and its circuitry. Most fake cameras go for around $20 for single units.
But not all real security cameras will break your bank. High-end consumer-grade cameras can go for upward of $200, but they’re hardly the only ones available on the market. Plenty of cameras fall within the more affordable range of $80 to $100, with minimal video quality loss. Some even have wireless and cloud storage capability.
You’ve got a lot of options for security at your fingertips, whether you need just one or two cameras covering the vital areas or a more comprehensive solution. Don’t leave your home unprotected: Get real security cameras and real protection.
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