Faking It For Safety: The Best Dummy CCTV Cameras

Protect your property and deter criminals without the expense of a real system with our handpicked selection of dummy CCTV cameras.
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Best Dummy CCTV Cameras
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Although installing real outdoor security cameras is the preferred option for added security, they do come with additional costs, maintenance and a time-consuming installation. Therefore, this is where dummy cameras become useful as they look like a real CCTV system (as shown by our dummy camera in the image above) but without the drawbacks. They are also easy to install and only require batteries for features such as integrated lights or sensors.

As with real CCTV systems, fake dummy cameras are also available in a range of shapes and sizes to best suit your requirements. Dome cameras are often the easiest to install but the bullet alternative stands out and acts more as a deterrent to potential criminals.

To assist you in selecting the right dummy security camera for your property, our handpicked selection lists top-performing examples, chosen based on our first-hand experience installing and using several different dummy cameras. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Tech Traders TTBSDC Dummy CCTV
Best Overall: Tech Traders TTBSDC Dummy CCTV
BW 1100B Dummy CCTV Camera
Best Value: BW 1100B Dummy CCTV Camera
Swann Dummy Security Camera
Best Branded: Swann Dummy Security Camera
Smartwares CDM-38103 Dummy Camera
Best Professional Lookalike: Smartwares CDM-38103 Dummy Camera
KWMobile Fake CCTV Security Camera
Best Dome: KWMobile Fake CCTV Security Camera
BW Fake CCTV Camera Hanging Dome
Best Hanging Dome: BW Fake CCTV Camera Hanging Dome
TOROTON Dome Fake Security Camera
Best Budget: TOROTON Dome Fake Security Camera

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Dummy CCTV Cameras

As we own a number of properties that we want to keep secure, we’ve installed plenty of cameras in multiple vulnerable locations.

However, not all of the cameras are real because not only would it be too expensive but the installation would also be fairly complex too. Plus, the dummy CCTV cameras available these days look so realistic that sometimes we even forget they aren’t real when looking at them!

Best Fake Security Camera

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In terms of the fake CCTV cameras that we’ve installed over the years, we have used a mixture of bullet and dome cameras. A requirement of ours was that the camera had to be as realistic as possible and also include a flashing light to act as a further deterrent.

During our testing, we analyse the dummy camera’s build quality, aesthetics (i.e. does it look real), supplied hardware and ease of installation. To keep up with our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest cameras (for this article), we are continually testing the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice that a brand has released a new and improved model, we will look to upgrade our current cameras for testing.

As well as our experience of testing and using multiple examples, we also based our recommendations on hours of research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the type, construction quality, ease of installation, supplied hardware, size, features, value and how realistic it looks.

The Best Dummy CCTV Cameras

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1. Best Overall: Tech Traders TTBSDC Dummy CCTV

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The Tech Traders dummy CCTV camera is a professional-looking option that can be used indoors or outdoors due to its weatherproof construction. A standout feature of this particular camera is that it features an integrated solar panel that powers a flashing red LED light. However, if you use the camera indoors, it can also be powered by batteries instead.

Included in the box is the dummy CCTV camera itself, mounting bracket, masonry plugs and three screws for installation.

Pros
  • Indoor and outdoor usage
  • Solar and battery powered LED light
  • Supplied with mounting hardware
  • Fake wiring for a more realistic look
  • Durable plastic construction
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

Although slightly more expensive than some of the alternatives, the Tech Traders fake CCTV camera is an excellent all-round option. It not only looks realistic but it’s also easy to install and comes with the desirable flashing red light.

2. Best Value: BW 1100B Dummy CCTV Camera

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The BW brand produces a wide range of dummy security products and their 1100B camera is by far the most popular. It’s a battery-powered camera that’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use and comes in the form of a bullet construction.

Unlike similarly priced alternatives, this dummy CCTV camera easily rotates 360 degrees to best suit your requirements.

Pros
  • Realistic bullet style camera
  • Authentic video cable
  • Fully adjustable mounting brackets
  • Fake wiring for a more realistic look
  • Bright red LED light
Cons
  • Not solar powered (requires 2 x AA batteries)

To conclude, the BW 1100B is a highly rated dummy security camera that offers the best value for the money. Although it’s not solar-powered, the batteries don’t need to be replaced often due to the low power consumption.

3. Best Branded: Swann Dummy Security Camera

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Swann dominates the market in the UK for real security cameras but they do offer dummy alternatives that look like the real thing. As the brand is so well-known in the UK, the printed logo and brand name on the side gives it a slight edge in terms of looking real when compared to some of the other options listed in this article.

Pros
  • High quality plastic construction
  • Large “Swann” branding on both sides
  • Supplied with installation hardware
  • No power supply or lights
Cons
  • Lacks sensors and lights

To conclude, if you require a branded dummy security camera that’s built to a high standard, you can’t go wrong with this Swann bullet camera. The only drawbacks include the premium price tag and the fact that there are no sensors or lights, which makes it less noticeable at night but if this isn’t an issue, it’s a great option to consider.

4. Best Professional Lookalike: Smartwares CDM-38103 Dummy Camera

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The Smartwares CDM-38103 is by far the most expensive dummy CCTV camera in this article but it’s packed full of functionality. The standout feature is the integrated PIR motion sensor, which has an impressive range of 3 metres.

In terms of the construction, it’s made from a durable plastic that has a weatherproof rating of IP44 and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Pros
  • Sleek and stylish camera
  • Flashing Red LED light
  • Built-in PIR motion sensor
  • Supplied with all the mounting accessories
  • Automatically follows motion up to 3 metres
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup

Overall, if you are looking for an authentic dummy CCTV camera that offers extra functionality, the Smartware CDM-38103 is the best option. The only drawback when compared to the alternatives is that it does come with a premium price tag and it’s also one of the largest cameras within this article.

5. Best Dome: KWMobile Fake CCTV Security Camera

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By far the most popular and highly rated dome dummy camera is by the KWMobile brand. It has a realistic design and features an integrated flashing red LED that further deters any criminals at night.

Pros
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Supplied with installation hardware
  • High quality construction finished in white
  • Desirable flashing light
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to other domes

Overall, the KWMobile Dome is a high-quality dummy security camera that looks very realistic and can be used indoors or outdoors. It isn’t the cheapest but when compared to other dome cameras, it’s built to a much higher standard and features extra details in the design that makes it look even more convincing.

6. Best Hanging Dome: BW Fake CCTV Camera Hanging Dome

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Another dummy CCTV camera by the BW brand is their hanging dome. It’s suitable for use indoors or outdoors and comes complete with an adjustable bracket that allows you to position the camera to best suit your requirements. In order for the camera to be visible at night, it also features a red light that flashes every single second.

Pros
  • Easy installation with no wiring
  • Adjustable mounting bracket
  • Red flashing LED light
  • Includes a warning sticker
  • 3 mounting screws included
Cons
  • Construction quality could be improved (but still looks convincing)

Overall, the BW dummy CCTV camera is an affordable hanging dome option that acts as a convincing security camera setup. Unlike a standard dome, the hanging design makes this fake CCTV look even more realistic.

7. Best Budget: TOROTON Dome Fake Security Camera

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The TOROTON dummy CCTV cameras are one of the cheapest options on the market. They come as a pack of four and they are suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage. Although it’s a cheap option, it still has the desirable flashing LED red light, which makes the camera look very convincing.

Pros
  • Black dome styling
  • Single flashing LED red light
  • Easy mounting without any wiring
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
Cons
  • Only cheap when purchased as a pack of four

If you require a cheap and cost-effective solution, these dummy CCTV cameras are the best option. They are only available as a pack of four, which per camera is a fraction of the cost when compared to the premium alternatives.

Conclusion

Installing dummy CCTV cameras around your home or business is one of the best ways of protecting it without the expense of the real thing. They take as little as a few minutes to install and the only maintenance required is the replacement of batteries every few months. With regards to the installation, even a beginner DIY’er should be able to install most of our recommendations and some even come with simple adhesive strips for affixing the camera.

All of our recommendations above are suited to a range of budgets and include all the different styles. However, to avoid disappointment, we advise that you spend slightly more for a high-quality example that has a more realistic look and feel.

If you require further information regarding any of our dummy CCTV camera recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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