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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2014
I installed these throughout my home and they look like the real thing. They even come with the audio/video cables attached to the camera.

What I did was drill a hole in the mounting plate where it gets screwed to the house, cut the connectors off the ends and ran the wire through the hole. Make sure you tie a couple of knots on the wire so if someone tries to pull the wire out and tug on it, it wont and they will think that it is actually a wire being used to power the camera and record. Then you can tuck the wires behind the mounting plate, screw it to the house and your done.

I will probably buy more as amazon was sold out. Couple these with a few camera signs and motion lights and you should have some added security to your property.

In my honest opinion, unless you are monitering cameras 24/7, and can alert authorities if there is a break in, cameras are useless. The burglar can be in and out by the time your camera sends you a motion alert, you receive it, alert the cops and they arrive. A good 15-20 minutes can pass in that whole process. Now you got robbed and all you have is a photo of the burgler and now the cops have to count on him robbing the neighborhood again, catch him and be able to identify him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2013
It comes complete with fake wires and it matches the real cameras in my Swann
security system. Very easy to install.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2013
A high quality metal camera body that looks real. Not a flimsy plastic contraption.

Pros:

* REAL metal camera body (minus the electronic guts).
* Looks just like the real (working) Swann cameras.
* Real cable, so you can 'wire it up' realistically if desired.
* Came with several Swann 'security' stickers, IF you want to place on your windows/doors.
* NO blinking LED lights (REAL cameras don't do that; blinking red almost always means 'fake' to a crook!)
* Easy to adjust to point to any angle.

Cons:

* Screws were cheap quality and the heads nearly stripped when screwing them in. You may need to substitute your own higher quality screws.

I recommend mixing 'fake' cams like these among real ones, if possible. Don't depend entirely on fake cameras. The crooks won't know which are live and which are not. The use of the window stickers is up to you; Swann makes many actual security systems, so the stickers might be a good deterrent.

-1 star for cheap screws. Otherwise perfect for my needs.
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on October 22, 2014
Picked one of these up locally to augment my existing system. Seems to be made of real parts, perhaps from customer warranty returns or failed QA components. Has actual lens assembly, main board, real LEDs. Wires are cut internally. Might be interesting to see if the LEDs could work if given 5V to the right pins on the board. Then this fake camera could actually provide some IR for my real cameras.
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on May 30, 2014
Purchased this camera for outside our office. We placed it in the ceiling with the wires leading up through the tiles. It looks completely real and we haven't had anymore problems with people vandalizing our office door!
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on May 26, 2014
It projects the image of a real camera. Swann also provides window stickers proclaiming property under surveillance. Happy with this product until I find a practical surveillance system that records events in a cost effective way.
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on May 22, 2014
Just what our facility needed to "monitor" a vending machine area.
Our problems have quickly stopped. Nothing better than kids thinking they are on camera to improve behavior.
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on May 17, 2014
These are REAL camera bodies without the guts. Fantastic. Use them to add dummies to your system so that thieves will break fake ones that are in easier reach and miss your better hidden ones.
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on May 5, 2014
These are metal and look like real camera's, down to the wire coming out of them. They were exactly what I was looking for and I put them up in several places. The only complaint I have is that when I tightened one of the screws that hold the base swivel, it broke off. So not really high quality screws, I was able to put another screw in and it worked fine. I will buy these again if I have a need for more.
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on April 26, 2014
Good quality for a fake. Goes well with my real cameras. I wish the red lights could light up at night like my real cameras do.
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