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The art of the decoy

January 24, 2014
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Vandals often differ from some thieves in that they seem to care more about not being identified. They look for cameras and blind spots. If you don’t have enough cameras to cover blind spots or less important areas, then consider increasing your perceived coverage in those areas. I often do this by mounting an outdated or broken camera in that location.

For example, I do not have enough camera inputs in my recorder to record a back wall on my property that is shielded from the street — a prime place for a tagger. This is an ideal place for my dummy cameras. I also do this at my change machines. If I have a camera on the right side, I will put up a decoy on the left so offenders cannot hide from camera view. They don’t know it’s disconnected. Real cameras are preferable and are a necessity where you have traffic and/or people who see the cameras as protection, but that doesn’t mean you can’t act like you are monitoring non-traffic, hidden areas.

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