Investing in the very best security cameras on the market is a waste if you fail to place them in the best position to completely monitor all aspects of your property. Incorrect positioning could miss vulnerable areas of your property and you may not be able to use the security footage to identify and catch thieves or trespassers.
Take the time when designing your home security system to carefully position the surveillance cameras to maximise coverage of your property.
Statistics show that the most common entry points during break-ins are the front door, back door, and the first or ground floor windows so making those locations a priority is essential. Positioning a camera over or near the front door is a great place to start.
Has your home or building every been broken into? Where did the thieves enter the property? Where did they exit? Which areas inside the home did they target? These points could provide a snap-shot of vulnerable areas of your home as well as easy to access entry points.
Important security camera placement tips
- Make the front and back doors as well as lower floor windows a priority.
- Don't forget the garage door or laundry entryway which could give access to the house.
- Position cameras to reduce tampering or damage - a camera which is within easy can be disabled with a stick or stone, ensure the camera is out of reach as much as possible or cover with a protective casing.
- Don't place cameras too high as caps and hats or shade can obscure faces and hamper identification.
- Place a camera to monitor off street windows or windows hidden from the road by trees or foliage.
- Don't position cameras so they look into your neighbour's house or garden for privacy reasons.
- Ensure cameras used for outdoor surveillance are waterproof and have night vision or infrared capabilities if not paired with sensor lights.
- Note each cameras Field of View measurements when deciding on placement as some cameras will capture a wide shallow area (2.8mm lens), while others are designed to record a long narrow area (12mm lens).
- Place a security camera to keep an eye on the gate or garden entryway if your yard is fenced.
- Wireless cameras offer greater flexibility when positioning in difficult to access locations
Motion activated spotlights can increase the effectiveness of surveillance cameras which don't have infrared capabilities and offer a secondary deterrent making your home even less inviting to potential thieves. However, be careful to avoid interfering with the camera vision by placing a very bright spotlight too near the camera.
The placement of indoor security cameras will depend on what you wish to monitor. If you'd like to keep an eye on the comings and goings of your family, the front or back door would be ideal spots. If there are particular valuables which need to be kept under close surveillance placing a camera or cameras in that room or area of the house or building will provide the best coverage.
Speak to your security professional for specific advice for your indoor monitoring requirements.
There is never a one size fits all answer to how many cameras or what style of camera you'll need to fully cover your property. Each home will have unique design aspects which could require more or less security surveillance than a similar property.
Don't underestimate the value of an experienced eye when planning the surveillance camera system for your property. A security specialist will quickly identify potential weak spots in your home security and create a system which ensures coverage of all aspects of your property, indoors and outdoors.
Security cameras are just part of the solution to fully protect your home. Good quality deadbolts on all the doors and windows, a well functioning monitored alarm system, as well as ensuring there is a clear view of the property from the road or neighbours house all help to keep your home safe and secure.