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Avoid Fake Security Cameras
February 27, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
For facility managers on a budget, fake security cameras can be tempting. The thinking of course, especially after an incident, is that if real cameras would break the budget, fake ones can act as a deterrent. Maybe that's true, but those fake security cameras also come with a cost. Students could develop a false sense of security by seeing the cameras and assuming they are real.
But if another incident occurs, and it takes place in front of a fake security camera, what then? That could leave an organization exposed to legal liability, experts say. That’s because students or occupants assumed the cameras were real and may have taken different safety precautions had they known the truth.