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people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Even phony cameras with signs do the job of deterrence...Yes to all of this

Oct 25, 2016 02:42 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

AbsolutelyNOT! But some will feel better.

IT only keeps the honest from falling to temptation.

Hoodies and now masks have been successful in defeating most camera systems.

Good lighting, preferably equipped with motion detectors and knowing how to turn the actuator on the dead bolt is the security answer.

The poster child of opulent monotony, nearly all middle and upper communities here are behind walls controlled by gates and some have a guard, but the outside world still finds it way over those walls.

But I do understand the false security many embrace as the justification for invading the space of others.

Oct 25, 2016 05:26 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

Alot of people around me have cameras on their homes. I've seen many videos of people breaking into their cars. I suppose it's how smart (or stupid) the person breaking the law is.

Oct 25, 2016 04:21 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

It can be a deterrent, but good lighting is probably the best deterrent. 

Oct 25, 2016 03:27 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Real or fake cameras and security sign help to deter but not prevent.  Criminals can get into any bank, museum, art gallery or out of any max-security prison.

At least a real camera might capture their photo & hopefully lead to their arrest.

Good luck.

Oct 25, 2016 02:52 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I believe knowing cameras are watching does deter people.  It also helps identify the perpetrators.  I, personally, have no problem with cameras watching me when I'm out in public. 

Oct 25, 2016 02:03 AM
Aaron Mtuanwi
LBBM Brokers, Inc - Lawrenceville, GA
INSPIRED TO SERVE Atlanta, GA [Metro Atlanta Area]

Both of your questions are perfect answers. It will scare those with evil intentions while making owners and prospective buyers feel safer.

Oct 25, 2016 04:11 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bill Polack I think it would help deter crime.

Oct 25, 2016 03:44 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think it's a great idea but who is going to monitor them? I agree that a 'your being surveiled' sign is not a bad thought at all.

That stuff is as common as a doorbell.

Oct 25, 2016 03:18 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is a deterrent...gates can always be outsmarted also.  A

Oct 25, 2016 02:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I suspect it will deter intruders and if there are issues there may be a way to identify them. I imagine some people feel safer. Wonder how people feel about the costs

Oct 25, 2016 02:28 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I think you answered your question. It is a deterrence for sure. Many of our neighborhood are installing cameras aimed at our local community mailboxes, and it has caught some of the thieves. I am certain with the publicized news; it has deterred many others.

Oct 25, 2016 02:28 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Both... At least there are ways to track who have passed. If it is a big HOA it will be cosmetic not serving any purpose.... 

Oct 25, 2016 02:27 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope it scares them.

Oct 25, 2016 02:23 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

it could do both, but the smart thieves will get around them

Oct 25, 2016 08:57 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Might make some folks feel safer.  Not convinced it will deter crime.

Oct 25, 2016 07:48 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Criminals will just paint, dodge, or steal the cameras. Thye might deter a small % of would be criminals.

Oct 25, 2016 07:14 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If it works then it's a good decision.

Nov 24, 2016 10:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

If my HOA wanted to do this, I would approve, and could deter crime.

Oct 26, 2016 06:29 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm with Ken Jones on this one - however, I do think having the cameras - as long as they are working and actually recording - are a good thing

Oct 25, 2016 11:03 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

They seem not to be a problem for anyone not doing anything wrong. They have become part of a norm of todays society and on a public street, dont bother me

Oct 25, 2016 10:38 PM
Toronto, ON

It depends on the particular person.

Oct 25, 2016 09:53 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We have 2 really nice neighborhoods in Seattle where the city police have installed cameras and it has reduced crime extensively.

Oct 25, 2016 01:54 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

They might catch some resident teenagers making out.  

There is a guy in my neighborhood who installed a camera, and he replays the attempted car break-ins whenever anyone walks down the alley, even if they go noplace near the cars.

Oct 25, 2016 01:39 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Whatever it takes to deter crime I say

Oct 25, 2016 01:06 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Armed guards would be more effective. 

Oct 25, 2016 12:53 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It will give a measure of security to the residents in the neighborhood. Crooks know how to avoid cameras so doubt that it will scare them off but it could make it too much trouble and get them to move on.

Oct 25, 2016 12:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm with Carol Williams "I believe knowing cameras are watching does deter people.  It also helps identify the perpetrators!"

Oct 25, 2016 12:02 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I don't think the cameras will deter the bad guys - it will just make them more creative, if they want to get into the community, which is fairly easy to do to being with, as you mentioned it is not gated.  Today people wear disguises, so not seeing a face would be important.  On the other hand, I think people would feel safer with cameras, but cannot say that they truly would be safer Bill Polack.  Hopefully, your HOA will do current research on the cameras before purchasing, and having as assessment for the residents.  Good Luck, however this situation plays out!

Oct 25, 2016 11:40 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers


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