To get the most out of your new investment, you’ll need to figure out where to put home surveillance cameras once you’ve chosen to secure your home. Knowing where to position your cameras before you buy lets you figure out how many you’ll need to have the best security.
It’s almost as important to know where not to put surveillance cameras as it is to know where to put them. If you unintentionally aim your cameras at a neighbor, you can face legal consequences, depending on your local laws.
What to Think About When Installing Security Cameras
You should think about a few things before deciding where to position your home surveillance cameras. Although there is no right or wrong response to these questions, answering them for your specific circumstance and family will help you determine where and how to position your cameras.
Hidden or In-View?
One of the most contentious issues surrounding surveillance cameras is whether they should be concealed or visible. According to many interviews with imprisoned burglars, some dislike homes with visible surveillance cameras, while others ignore them. However, after hearing a security alarm, the majority of the burglars interviewed ran off.
Since there isn’t a clear majority, it’s up to you whether you want your cameras hidden or mounted on the walls. Some families prefer their cameras to be concealed, while others prefer their visitors to be aware that they are watching them. It takes time to learn how to conceal a camera. It’s possible that you’ll have to try a few different places before you find the right fit. Under eaves, in a birdhouse, or disguised in planters are some of the safest places to conceal a surveillance camera.
Outdoor VS Indoor
When it comes to cameras, only models rated for outdoor use should be exposed to the elements. Indoor-only cameras will quickly fail, particularly if you live in an area prone to strong winds, rain, or snow. Look for outdoor-rated cameras if you want to track your home’s exterior. If you live in an apartment and are only allowed to have cameras inside, you would only need an indoor camera.
Where to Place Your Home Security Cameras
Once you’ve determined whether you need outdoor or indoor cameras, as well as whether you want wireless concealed cameras for your home or want them to be visible, you’ll need to determine where to put them.
The following are some of the best places to take a camera:
Since doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars, make sure that each ground-floor window and door can be seen from a security camera with night vision.
Key areas: If a burglar has to walk through a long corridor or main staircase to reach your house, make sure a camera can see it.
Front and back yards: Keeping an eye on your yard allows you to catch a burglar before they reach your house. If you have a driveway or garage, consider installing more hidden spy cameras to track these areas.
Second floor: Consider getting at least one camera upstairs if you keep your high-end jewelry or stamp collection in your bedroom.
Basement: You should have one camera in your basement, particularly if it has an external entry point. You can skip this phase if you don’t have anything in the basement, but if you have a finished game room or older electronics down there, cover them with cameras.
Where to Avoid Setting up Your Cameras
When installing cameras outside, make sure they don’t catch your neighbors’ property. You can need permission from others before recording them, depending on your state. Even if it’s legal, the majority of your neighbors would find it bothersome.
Keep cameras out of your bedrooms and bathrooms as well. Consider keeping your camera in the hallway if you keep costly things in your bedroom. While most cameras have advanced security features, many of them store videos in the cloud, and you do not want footage of you showering or sleeping on the internet.