November 21, 2015 08:14
More people are installing dummy CCTV cameras, especially women amid growing reports of crimes against female victims.
Genuine CCTV cameras are expensive, so many people just buy dummies assuming criminals cannot tell whether they are really wired up.
Online retailer Gmarket saw sales of dummy CCTV cameras rise 13 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared to 2013, while sales of genuine CCTV cameras fell 10 percent.
Some people also place the badges of security companies next to the cameras to make them look more convincing.
The stickers are usually given to clients who pay for 24-hour private security but they can be bought online for just W5,000 (US$1=W1,156).
"I bought the bogus sticker because I can't afford to pay between W60,000 to W100,000 a month for the security service," a shopkeeper said.
Kwak Dae-kyung at Dongguk University warned that some criminals are wise to the ruse. "Some criminals can distinguish fakes from the genuine article, so it's not a good idea to put too much trust in them," he said.
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