Fake cameras

Submitted by a7824 in Shoplifting

If a store has cameras looking down nearly every aisle can you assume that some or all are dummy cameras? Or do they really spend all that money and monitor them? Basically if you see lots of cameras do you think you should be as discreet as you can but not worry too much because they may either not be real or too many to monitor?


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ComradeKitten wrote (edited )

I used to work at Target, and their stores have those black domes looming over every aisle. It made me really hesitant to lift from there.

Then a co-worker told me how he and some others managed to accidentally break one, revealing there was nothing underneath it.

Another who'd worked there for fifteen years told me that their reputation as impossible to lift from with badass asset protection couldn't be further from the truth.

I've been lifting from Target stores for quite some time now with no problems.

That said, you don't really know which of these domes have real cameras and which are fake. My money is on the expensive and high shrink merchandise.

Obviously AP/LP and cam situations can vary from store to store.


Throwdown321 wrote

i stole from target, just 1 item recently, have a long time of not stealing. I often look directly up at the black domes, and they do have cameras, but you cant really tell if thier fake, for target i just assume every dome has good cameras. I noticed they covered blindspots with cameras, so they are pretty serious about surveillance. I often frequent high/shrink areas. inner cities have smaller targets, but seems to have more lp for those locations. Mall targets are usually the best to lift at.


LP420 wrote

Back in the day it might have been true, but from my research and experience there is no such thing as fake cameras anymore with the major retailers. It’s just a tell tale. Same with hidden cameras. No such thing


a7824 wrote

Yeah it's probably just best to be careful. This post was inspired by a recent video where someone in target somehow could see the inside of the ceiling and there's a fake camera. So they do have them in target. I just wonder how they decide which ones should be fake, why not make them all real I mean they can't be that expensive. Makes me think that if they are going to have fake cameras then only a few would be real. If you're going to cut corners then you might as well keep only the cameras you need and then most of them will just be deterrents. If I knew for sure that a shop used fake cameras I would assume that most were fake except for ones that cover important areas and maybe look a bit different


Dvdtyrant wrote

Can you imagine the room with all of the monitors though? There are about 70 camera domes in my Target, a monitor wall that big would be impractical, and if it is only one or two monitors that cycle through feeds then it wouldn't be worth the money since you would only be able to see such a small fraction that is being recorded anyway.


LP420 wrote

Either way there would be no way to know, since fake cameras could look 1:1 as real. If you look close enough at a dome at an angle you can spot the camera and the way it’s facing, but you would never know if it’s real or not.