Many of the dummy cameras being sold today have batteries and flashing strobe lights included. We strongly recommend that you resist and do not use this needless feature. Of the tens of thousands of security cameras on the market less than 1% ever have any kind of light visible let alone “flashing lights” in the front of the camera.
A flashing light on a camera screams “I am a dummy camera” and many thieves may know that. Simply don’t use the feature. Any bad guy with half a brain can figure out that the flashing light is a sure sign of a dummy camera.
By not using the flashing light you are helping yourself in 2 ways.
4.Making the cameras LESS Realistic.
There are various types of dummy cameras on the market. Some are made to look like indoor only cameras. Others are made to look like they are indoor/outdoor cameras. Some of the indoor models look extremely fake. They are made to look like indoor box cameras however they are much smaller than the real box cameras. Have a very plastic look today. We never recommend this type of camera as it simply just looks too fake. Instead choose something more realistic like a bullet shaped or dome camera that are made for both inside and outdoors.
Take a look at what real working cameras look like and then install something that resembles that style. Typically the dome and bullet shaped cameras look pretty decent. The ones we sell are actually made out of the same exact molds and materials that outdoor cameras are made from. This makes it look more realistic.
Another issue is that poor quality dummy cameras may start to rust after being outside in the elements for a couple of years. We have seen real cameras from low quality manufacturers sold at discount warehouse stores rust out in less than a year. This is an unforgivable act by the manufacturer. We stay far away from these low quality, cheap material manufacturers.
A decent dummy camera should cost you about 15 to 20 dollars. Some of the more expensive models may be better for your situation. Some look quite elaborate with big housings that jut out from the camera mounting bracket. I like these kind of designs as they do look very realistic but may cost a bit more. They’re also easy to spot as opposed to some of the small bullet cameras that may go largely unnoticed. The idea for your dummy camera is to look real and to be noticeable. Either way, never use those dreaded flashing lights. You’ll be glad that you took my advice as it will save you time, money, quality and may even save the planet.