One of the best decisions you can make on behalf of your home and your family is to install security cameras at your residence. The world we live in today is vastly different from decades ago. Burglaries, auto thefts, violent crimes, and more are a daily occurrence no matter where you live.
Once you have made the decision to install the home security cameras, you have to decide exactly where in and around the home the cameras should be placed. After all, you don’t want to wait until an incident occurs to find out your cameras didn’t catch anything.
While your space will vary based on your home and its layout, we have some general tips for the best places to install your home security cameras.
The front is the main access point to your home. You may think that no criminal is going to actually access your home by walking through your front door. Think again.
Often times, would-be burglars scope out homes by coming straight to the front door. They may be dressed like a salesperson of some sort or perhaps acting as though they are looking for someone who doesn’t reside at your home. Either way, the initial contact may go down right there at that front door. Make sure it is covered by your security camera.
In fact, depending on how many cameras you are installing, you may want to consider adding a camera indoors, as well. This will allow you to be sure you always know who is coming and going from your home – and when.
Back and/or Side Door
Almost all homes have a door on the back or the side – or both. These are easier ways for thieves to gain access as they are often not in public view, as the front door is. That doesn’t mean they won’t have a camera installed.
This is a definite must when installing your system. You don’t necessarily have to install a camera on the inside at these access points, but be sure there is at least one covering outside. This will allow you to monitor who comes and goes, especially if you and your family regularly use these alternate doors. And, it will show any ill-intentioned conduct, too.
Depending on your home’s layout, you may be able to install your camera to include your back door and some of your backyard. This is a great way to get a little more insight as to what takes place around your home at all times.
Next to doors, windows are a common access point for those trying to gain access to your home. And, simply locking your windows is not a deterrent. Think about it – they are glass. A simple break can allow a thief to reach in, unlock it, and raise the window. Or, climb through the broken out area.
What does this mean for you? You need to install security cameras around first-floor windows. Granted, depending on how many windows you have, this may not necessarily be an affordable option. The key is to get the windows that someone may be more apt to come through. For instance, busting out the large window in the front of your house will be a little obvious, don’t you think? Instead, most thieves intentionally look for windows that don’t face the front or the street. Take a good look at your home and assess where your best access point would be if you were trying to get in unseen – and add a camera.
Basement and Garage
Your basement and your garage may or may not be accessed by you regularly. However, that means that these are prime areas for criminals to enter the home. For one, they offer an entryway into your living areas. And, they are often unused which means that you may very likely forget to lock the door or window.
You may consider to either monitor the indoor basement or garage space – or the outdoor, depending on the design of your home. Then again, you can always monitor both inside and out, too. Keep in mind that these areas are often storage areas for many people. This means that – if you choose to install cameras on the inside — there may be many obstacles that can block the security camera footage. Therefore, be cognizant of where you add additional items once the cameras are installed.
Indoor Common Areas and Main Walkways
Some homeowners prefer to have their security cameras installed outside the home as a means of deterrence for criminal activity. But, what happens should you miss a spot – and someone who should be there, finds a way in?
It is a good idea to install a couple of home security cameras within the home. Primarily, these cameras should be installed in common areas, such as a living room and/or den, dining room, or kitchen. In addition, cameras should be added in any main walkways, leaving you with the ability to capture someone trying to get from one area of the home to another.
This is simply another bit of added protection for your home and family.
Final Considerations For Placement Of Security Cameras
Last, but not least, there are a few things that you should take into consideration. For instance:
- If you decide to install cameras inside, avoid installing them in private areas, such as bedrooms or bathrooms. While the idea is to protect your family, you also want to protect your privacy, as well.
- Remember to keep your cameras visible. You may feel that you want to conceal their installation to reduce the chance of tampering, etc., but the simple presence of the cameras may be all that is needed to deter crime in the first place.
- To make things a bit easier, make an attempt to capture more than one area on your cameras. For instance, you can install a camera that will scope the entire side of your home, protecting the windows and side doors. Or, you may position an indoor camera to pan through the living and straight to the front door.
Commend yourself on your choice to install a home security camera system. Take the time to install it properly – catching all the angles – and it will protect you and your family well for years to come.