Pros and Cons of Outdoor Cameras

Fake Security CameraHaving cameras in your home is considered one of the most vital aspects of a home security system. The same can be said for outdoor cameras as well. Having said that, there are a few people who consider outdoor cameras to not be as effective as they are thought to be. Here we will look at the pros and cons of having outdoor cameras as part of your home security system.

The Pros 

  • A Burglar Deterrent: Sometimes, just the sight of a camera is enough to put off a potential burglar. This is why so many people are now buying dummy cameras, just so then potential burglars see them and are put off by it. If just having a camera outside your home as part of your home security system can put off burglars, then obviously everything else is a bonus.
  • Cover All Entry Points: Depending on where you position your outdoor cameras, you might well be able to cover all the entry points to your home. If you are able to do that, then no burglar will be able to escape without being seen. Quite often, burglars will simply attempt to break in and fail, so having those people on camera as well can also be very helpful in preventing crime in your area.

The Cons

  • Fakes Can Be Spotted: If you do use a fake camera outside as a deterrent, then it may not always work. There are some burglars out there who consider themselves to be professionals and they have been known to be able to spot cameras that are not plugged in or are just dummies. So if you have bought a dummy camera, you may still fall victim to a break-in and then you will have no footage to hand over to the police.
  • Not Always Effective: Simply having an outdoor camera can be ineffective at preventing a burglary. Not only that, but it can also reduce your chances of catching the burglar as well. Having sensors and other indoor cameras will help, but simply having outdoor cameras could well lead to problems if a burglary does occur.

The Verdict

While outdoor cameras can be very helpful when they are used as part of a complete home security service, simply having cameras may not be enough. It really does depend on the kind of area you live in. If you live somewhere that is fairly quiet, then having a dummy camera could well be enough to put off burglars. Read our review of the best home security cameras to learn more.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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