Surveillance cameras are a great way to make your home safer and more secure. However, the effectiveness of security cameras often depends on where you place them. Even if you buy the most expensive security system in the market, it isn’t going to do you any good if it’s not set up properly.
Because of this, you need to be strategic with where you place your CCTV cameras. To help you out, here are four of the best spots to install your security cameras.
1) Entrance ways
This is perhaps the most obvious and most important point in the list. Certainly, all your entrance ways need to be monitored at all times. This includes your front door, your back entrances and any other pathways that lead into your house.
By placing cameras near these areas, you will be able to track anyone and everyone that enters and exits your home. This includes guests, pets, children and, of course, intruders.
In the age of Amazon and Uber Eats deliveries, front door cameras will also allow you to keep an eye on your packages while you’re at work or away from home.
2) Off-street windows
After you’ve covered the main entrance paths, it’s time to think about other entrance points that an intruder might consider. This will mainly be off-street windows. These types of windows are often a target for intruders as they typically aren’t as secure as front doors. In addition, since they are off-street, it's unlikely that bystanders will catch them breaking into a side window.
Since they’re so vulnerable to break-ins, it’s essential that you place cameras above ground floor windows.
Ideally, you want to be able to catch or scare away the intruder long before they’ve reached your front door.
To do this, it helps to have a camera covering your driveway. Studies have shown that having visible CCTV cameras in the driveway is an effective way of discouraging intruders from breaking into your home.
If you have the budget for it, it also helps to have driveway lights with motion sensors. This way, if an intruder approaches your home, the lights will immediately turn on. This will either scare them away or allow a bystander or a neighbour to see them.
4) Living areas
You should also place cameras in your common living areas. This includes your hallways, living rooms, kitchens and so on.
These interior CCTV cameras will act as your last line of defence against intruders. If your exterior cameras weren’t able to capture the intruder's face due to poor lighting, your interior cameras will almost certainly do the job.
In addition, having cameras installed inside your home will allow you to see what items the intruder took and potential evidence that they might have left behind.
As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into camera placement. If you don’t give it enough thought, your expensive security system might end up being for naught. If you need help with camera placements, don’t hesitate to contact our experts at Security Camera Specialist.