Fake Security Cameras, Gift for Burglars
What Are Fake Security Cameras
A fake security camera is a non-functioning device that is designed to look like a real closed-circuit television camera and is often used as a deterrent in less vulnerable areas. Fake cameras are also referred to as dummy cameras, false cameras, simulated cameras or decoy cameras, and are primarily bought for they are cheaper and do not need installation or wiring.
Fake cameras are used as a mere psychological means to prevent people that are prone to commit infringements from taking action. The bad news is that with humanity getting used to mass monitoring and surveillance, by the Goodhart’s law “any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once the pressure is placed upon it for control purposes.” In other words, the behavioral advantage of placing fake cameras and depictions of eyes may see itself short in the next one to two decades for human nature has proven to undertake two ways—get used to things, and make use of things. At some moment, unless society outgrows the need of being observed to limit individual and mass damage provoked by criminal action, uncertainty and the illusion of control will inhibit the effect of psychological restraint and new means of altering behavior will have to emerge.
The Dangers of Using Fake Cameras
- Easily Detected for the Trained Eye
Even with the ongoing improvement in industrial design, most fake cameras possess a constantly blinking red eye that is brighter and more obvious than LEDs in real cameras, and the evident lack of visible wires, the inappropriate markings, the fake brand names, and the non-coordinated tilt movement are other small details that will tell the experienced eye that those cameras are fake.
- False Sense of Security or Illusion of control
Seasoned criminals can not only detect a fake camera but use social engineering to get information on how your property is protected. Unlike the residential security services SUS Global Enterprises provides, fake cameras can actually provoke somebody not targeting your property to plan a robbery simply to laugh at your expense. In brief—“cheap” often costs more. Do invest in a real video surveillance system.
- Legal Risks and Implications
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) installations abide by strict laws and regulations, and real or fake, cameras must be placed in specific locations, and be signaled to respect the law. Besides, if you install fake cameras in your business and somebody gets injured under the assumption that the installation has been monitored, your civic and penal liability may be engaged. Another legal risk is the presumption that those cameras are used to monitor and minimize risks, and people may not act according to a commonsensical need to preserve their life when there is no such surveillance—some will overexpose themselves to risk or do nothing to remediate a situation. Last, but not least, the police will obtain no factual identification and no evidence of what happened.
- Greater Risk for Injury, Death, Crashes, and Disasters
Situational awareness (SA) is a critical foundation for successful decision-making across a broad range of situations, including emergency response and control operations. A fake security camera would prejudice emergency teams for it won’t alert them on time, and won’t provide information of any environmental elements or events to let them project adequately a future status of the situation, and help you and your family. This may lead to injury, death, crashes, and disasters. On the one hand, people won’t be aware of what exactly is happening, and on the other hand, rescue and security teams may ignore tasks of higher priority.
The Dangers of Behavioral Presumptions
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching,” and Carl Jung—”Synchronicity is an ever-present reality for those who have eyes to see.” In continuance, you will see why even a highly individualistic society is always Pangean. Let’s say that everybody is responsible, and Karma is the Occidental Synchronicity without human frontiers and division.
Human behavior has the tendency to be altered in different ways when individuals feel they’re being observed. Because social behavior and cognitive performance or impulse control depend on self-consciousness, it has been largely proven that even before a fake camera, the individual perception of insecurity affects exposure at risk and people adapt to what they think they perceive, not to what they really perceive. The fact that monitoring might be real or not seems to have little effect as long as the individuals believe they’re being monitored.
Firstly, while the idea of possessing the knowledge and ability to act before others is as old as society is, Carl Jung nailed in the 1920s a major evolution in human cognition he only discovered to society in 1951—synchronicity. Secondly, in the 1980s the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (closed in 2007) dubiously explored the governing dynamics in society as a statistically measurable link between human thoughts recognizing patterns and human thoughts randomly affecting patterns in the parapsychological terms. Both concepts seem to ignore the laws of physics and have no basis in reality, but one has to admit that synchronicity is a real and subjective experience exorbitantly underlined in stages of schizophrenia or psychosis. Thirdly, the Prospect theory states that an individual is more likely to take on a risk when evaluating potential losses and to avoid risks when evaluating potential gains—people make decisions on an expected outcome rather on an optimized analysis of the real outcome. When exposed to long-term stress, and even during short nicotine withdrawal or drug rehabilitation, people NOT suffering either condition will seem to temporally possess a more sensible gaze capacity and patterning abilities. To resume the above three points, security teams offering fake-camera-based solutions rely TOO MUCH on the Ellsberg paradox for while people may “prefer the devil they know” rather than assuming a risk where odds are difficult or impossible to calculate, the fake camera is still a gift for burglars. Commonsensically, it is enough for a person that detects cameras to be fake to take action when one 1. believes being in material or other need that justifies the means; or, 2. feels the excitement in over-smarting others or simply in undertaking risks; or, 3. presents a criminal mindset or background.
Security consultants that are mere salesmen under disguise will name you at least one of those as valid reason but no such reasoning should come with the cost of human lives. If all those were as effective as we are told, why we suffer so many crimes and break-ins? It is impossible that 70 years after concepts were confirmed we do not leave the age of AT LEAST one generation that is not mindful enough to NOT commit a crime. True or false?
Now, let’s see three concepts in general psychology and cognitive sciences that may be used when referring to altering behaviorally human cognition through the means of monitoring:
1. The Hawthorne Effect
During the 1920s and 1930s, the Industrial Recession Era in the USA, the Hawthorne experiments proved that individual performance is dependent on the surroundings and colleagues as much as on innate abilities and that it was enough to think that one is being observed to improve productivity and reduce slacking in work areas. While such behavioral changes are desirable in a given context, and notably in crime prevention, theft prevention, and vandalism prevention, monitoring may serve as a “motivation” to highly intelligent and astute criminal minds. As of 2019, self-management has been widely promoted and people get more and more location-independent so different types of monitoring will emerge.
2. The Watching-Eye Effect
The Watching-Eye Effect is a psychological measure to reduce crime by the simple depiction of human eyes even when one is fully aware that the eyes are only images. While it is known from early antiquity, what we use today in security and protection, psychology, psycholinguistics, behavioral economics, and marketing and product design, is largely based on the Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and Freudism. When a person or animal is subjected to gaze, even one produced by an inanimate object, one loses autonomy and becomes self-aware of also being an object in the material world of reality. Thus, a simple eye-eye interaction, be it induced by another creature, a pictogram, a computer, or virtual reality, may lead to self-correctional behavior and greater awareness of possible outcomes, especially those underlying punishment or any form of restriction.
In the metaphysics of Buddhism there is a similar collective consciousness concept of cause-and-effects—pratītyasamutpāda or dependent origination/arising. A key principle in Buddhist teachings, it states that all dharmas arise in dependence upon other dharmas. Few Millennials and Baby Boomers have heard of Mahasi Sayadaw, but he used to teach that no one possesses the ability to see “through the wall without the window. One can only see through the window,” and that at every moment of seeing, there are three elements in constant interaction and balance: two of materiality—the human eye and the visual object (what is to be seen), and one mental—the eye-consciousness. Now, the most interesting part of his teaching is the fact that none of those components would help a human to see if “not allowed to.” Pratītyasamutpāda is directly linked to what we know as Karma—the result of a person’s actions and the actions themselves.
All this being said, synchronicity is careful planning and execution of an event based on patterns combined with the superficial belief we are under control, so that coincidence are likely to occur. We say, close the door behind the security consultant offering you a price reduction placing fake cameras, and dial 800-835-8297 for SUS Global Enterprises to secure your residential, corporate, and commercial sites for REAL.
Conclusion: Installing Fake Cameras is a Gift for Burglars
In prevention and security, one’s finances must not reflect the complex concept of one’s wealth for in the greatest measure, it is human life we cherish the most. Knowing that people are highly prosocial creatures (we spend resources in helping others), SUS Global Enterprises security consultants feel professional satisfaction in potentiating the ability of our clients to make the good safety and prevention decisions on time. Sometimes, greater protection can be achieved by simply understanding how effective or prejudicial artificial adjustments of small behaviors can be. When deciding on whether to invest in a genuine video surveillance system or to save some bucks now and install a fake one, mind that prioritizing “risk falsification” can be much costlier. We hope that with the above exposition we have signaled you that reliance on “diminishing risks by ignoring those exist” creates “false positives” that lead to burnout of what-ifs, and will harm just everybody involved in a possible infraction, incident or crime.
At SUS Global Enterprises tailor-made solutions for clients are never subjective solutions. We put our expertise and long-year terrain work to your service with all possible points taken into consideration.
Installing a real video surveillance system has emotional and material benefits and it brings greater security and also helps to adequately facilitate intervention or face post-event investigation. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance and IP Cameras are extensively used as a means of protection on-premises and in public areas. The operational overhead of CCTV equipment and digital surveillance systems combined with the fact that hiring security guards might be also part of your expenses is nothing compared to remediating material loss, and much less—human loss. SUS Global Enterprises takes care of expense rationalization, cost reductions, and investment efficiency, especially when analyzing the criticality of areas and systems.
Reducing costs relying on mere psychological principles ruling human behavior is unwise for a subject-expectancy effect is desirable in this context, and it is widely known that crime is often planned, and behind planning, there is somebody capable of detecting and testing systems of protection. While somebody with no criminal intention will not dedicate even a second on whether a camera is fake or not, an individual that is prone to or has already decided to commit an infraction will not take a rest until fully able of determining the chances of eventual success without going punished.
A fake security camera will bring prejudice to just everybody. Contact us to secure your residential and business premises for real TODAY.