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So would you like to play "Spot the CCTV Camera?". Eagle eyed visitors may recognise the profusion of street furniture, surrounding a single heritage dome camera keeping watch over part  of Londons' prestigious Oxford Street shopping area.

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Perhaps the most misunderstood piece of equipment in the CCTV armoury, is the dummy camera housing. Often regarded as the poor mans entry into the world of CCTV, the main benefits come from strategically located dummies which are installed to reinforce the deterrent message, in support of an existing working system.

The most commonly used dummies are generally manufactured by non specialist companies, and in many cases, they are equipped with flashing LED’s, something which you will never ever ever .... ever find on a working camera!!

Similarly, brightly painted stripes, or chevron patterns painted down the sides of the housing, are something of a dead 'give away'.

In practice, the best form of external dummy deterrent is a proper usable weatherproof camera housing, internally fitted with a fake camera (some major CCTV camera manufacturers can supply identical versions of their working cameras, but without any internal electronics).

Using this type of deterrent, it’s important to remember that simply by using an appropriate type of cable for the suggested power and signal connections, will invariably make the set up look so realistic, that it would be almost impossible for an expert to differentiate from a proper working model. In fact, there are a few examples where a manufactured dummy camera housing, has been fitted with a working CCTV camera looking out in a completely different direction .... talk about sneaky!

Although very low cost dummy units are substantially cheaper than a proper housing fitted with a non working camera, it’s important to remember that the deterrent factor will only be effective if a casual observer absolutely believes it's a proper working unit.

The bottom line is, if it looks like a fake, then you’d probably be better off saving your money!

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