Security Camera Placement Tips
Video surveillance cameras are a critical component in any reliable home security system. They enable 24/7/365 monitoring of the interior and exterior of your property so you can detect the presence of intruders and help keep your family safe. You can even use your smartphone or tablet to view live or recorded camera feeds while you’re away from home.
However, you won’t receive the full benefit of your cameras if you don’t install them in the areas that present the greatest security risks. The following placement tips can ensure your cameras will provide maximum protection for your home:
- Make the First Floor a Priority
Approximately 81 percent of burglars enter a home via the first floor, and about 34 percent come through the front door. Your security cameras should provide a clear view of the front and back door, as well other vulnerable ground-level areas such as the garage door and first-floor windows.
- Place Cameras out of Reach
Ambitious burglars won’t be thwarted by a camera they can reach — they’ll simply disable it or even coat the lens with black spray paint! Installing your cameras at a higher location will keep them out of harm’s way and also provide a wider field of view.
- Cover Secluded Areas
Nearly every property has at least one isolated spot that presents a significant security risk — it could be a ground-level door leading to a cellar, an off-street window, a back door that can’t be seen by neighbors or a detached garage at the back of the property. Make sure your camera placement strategy accounts for these hidden areas.
- Don’t Forget the Basement Stairs
Some burglars will forgo the front or back door and attempt to enter a home through a ground-level basement window. Placing a security camera with night vision capabilities near your basement stairs will allow you to detect intruders who choose the underground route and provide around-the-clock visibility in this dark environment.
- Protect Your Backyard
Backyards also present a heightened security risk, especially if you have kids or pets that play there. A security camera providing a view of the backyard will let you know if intruders — human or animal — have found their way onto your property.
- Hidden Cameras for Watching Babysitters
If you’re a parent with small children, the installation of “nanny cams” gives you peace of mind by being able to monitor the babysitter and your kids while you’re away. Be sure to place these hidden cameras only in common areas of your home — living room, family room, etc. — and avoid private areas such as bathrooms or a bedroom for a live-in nanny.
Titan Alarm, Inc. Can Provide Expert Security Camera Placement Guidance
If you live in Arizona, Titan Alarm, Inc. can help you design a state-of-the-art video surveillance camera system that’s customized for your home’s layout. We have the expertise to identify and address the most vulnerable areas on your property. Contact us for more information and to arrange a free in-home security consultation today.
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.