I have always been very security conscious and get quite worried when I go away on holiday that my house is insecure and likely to be a target for burglars who look out for signs of houses being empty. So this year I have increased my attempts at making the house look more protected without actually going to the lengths of installing an alarm system. I chose this option because it is believed that if a burglar thinks there is an alarm installed he or she is likely to move on to somewhere which looks less protected.
It is not uncommon nowadays for houses to have cameras dotted around the outside of the property. Nowadays these cameras can be quite discreet things but that is not what I want, I want something that is highly visible. I also don’t want the job of wiring things up so I looked around for a dummy CCTV camera. I found one on edwardes.co.uk which fits the bill nicely.
The ESP CAM 2001 Dummy Camera not only looks very realistic but has a built in Flashing LED & Junction Box. The LED is driven by a long life battery held in the junction box and so gives all the indications that it is actually a fully functioning camera. At £38.50 +VAT it is reasonable enough to be able to install one at the front and back of the house.
Even better is to finish off this simple installation with a warning sign saying “Recording in progress” and that should hopefully be enough to make a potential burglar think again before going further and risk being caught. At just over £100 including VAT this is a really cost effective and easy to install setup which offers some peace of mind when leaving the house empty or going away on holiday.