When installing your home security system, camera placement is key for ensuring that they operate as effectively as possible. Each home has its own unique security risks, so understanding these is essential when determining the preferred positioning for your cameras.
So, where should home security cameras be positioned? There are a number of areas that tend to be common targets for would-be intruders, both inside and outside the home.
Tekplex Solutions offers a range of home security cameras that will allow you to monitor every area of your home while keeping your unique security needs in mind. We can also advise as to the ideal positioning for cameras during your installation process.
Where To Position Security Cameras Outside?
Outdoor cameras are your home’s first line of defence. Whether your main goal is to deter intruders or to just keep an eye on your property when you’re not at home, keep the following in mind when placing home security cameras outside:
- Survey the whole perimeter of your property. Take note of any crawl spaces, entry points, assets that could be at risk and hiding spots.
- Don’t overlook non-conventional entry points. An intruder may opt for a second-floor balcony if it seems less secure, for example.
- Ensure that all your assets are protected – position cameras so that they cover pools, driveways, sheds, and carports.
- Strategically position cameras so that you can maximise their coverage (such as across the whole backyard or down the side of the house).
Did you know that a large number of intruders force their way into homes via the front door? This is an area that should definitely be covered by a camera – keep it at least two metres high and angled slightly downwards. This position actually reduces the chances of the camera being disabled and ensures a much clearer shot of an intruder.
Side & Back Doors
The next most popular area for intruders to gain access to a home is via side and back doors. This is because these doors tend to be less secure, which makes them a prime target. They’re often not an intruder’s first choice, however, as their presence in the backyard is likely to be noted more quickly. Use a similar positioning to the front door.
Similar in popularity to side and back doors, a large number of intruders will force their way inside via first floor windows. They tend to target those that don’t face the street to lessen their chances of being seen. Aim to install the camera at least two metres high and angled downwards so that you’ll get a good shot of their face.
A lot of homeowners overlook the garage when installing home security cameras. Although this area tends to be a last resort for intruders, break ins do occur via the garage door. Cameras should be positioned above the garage and on a corner, facing the garage door. This will provide you with maximum visibility.
Where To Position Cameras Inside?
Many homeowners overlook the important role that indoor cameras play in their home security systems. As well as being used to identify any intruders, they can also allow you to check in on your family, pets or contractors when you’re not at home.
- Ensure that potential ‘hot spots’ (places that are likely to draw intruders, such as jewellery boxes and home offices) are covered.
- Keep in mind that visible cameras can be a powerful deterrent, as it lets intruders know that they’re being watched and recorded.
- By positioning cameras high up on shelves or tall furniture, you will protect them from being interfered with as well as widen your view.
- If the purpose of your cameras is to check in on family and pets, consider placing them in areas of concern (such as the stairs).
Foyer or Entry
If an intruder were to gain access to your home, indoor cameras are more about recording evidence to hand over to the authorities. It makes sense, then, to place cameras in areas where intruders are most likely to enter – including your home’s entry or foyer. Position the camera in the top corner for the widest possible view.
Other Doors & Windows
It can also be a good idea to place home security cameras so that they cover other points of access to your home, such as side doors, back doors, and first floor windows. If there are windows located close by to doors, try to position the camera so that it has a good view of both (otherwise you may need a second camera).
High Traffic Areas
Think about placing security cameras in the areas of your home that receive the most traffic, such as the living areas, hallways and kitchen. These are areas that intruders are likely to move through, so provide additional opportunities to capture evidence. They’re also areas usually accessed by contractors, babysitters and other visitors.
Some people also like to install cameras in their children’s bedrooms or nurseries. This can provide peace of mind if you regularly have nannies or babysitters looking after your children, however, there could be some privacy concerns. Ensure that you’re aware of privacy laws in your state before installing cameras in bedrooms.
Keeping Your Home Safe with Home Security Cameras from Tekplex Solutions
The cost of cameras is a small price to pay for peace of mind. Deterring intruders is all about making your home as inconvenient as possible for them to break into – visible home security cameras often do the trick. And if this is not enough of a deterrent, having them installed inside as well will ensure that you capture as much evidence as possible.
We understand that knowing where home security cameras should be positioned is difficult, which is why you should leave it to the experts. The team at Tekplex Solutions has been creating reliable home security systems for many years now, and can help create one for your home according to its unique security concerns.
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