Where to Place Security Cameras for Maximum Coverage
Choosing the right spots means criminals have nowhere to hide.
Knowing where to put security cameras is key to effectively protecting your property. Learn how to identify the areas most in need of observation to help prevent theft, property damage, or a potential home break-in with this helpful guide.
Even before you purchase your cameras, you should take a couple things into consideration to help visualize your home surveillance plan.
A blind spot is any area that isn’t within view of a camera. You must account for and eliminate blind spots for a complete look at your home’s exterior or interior. Position your cameras so that they monitor as much as possible and add additional cameras if blind spots remain. It is much better to have overlapping coverage than to have spots where security is compromised.
It is recommended that you place your cameras high enough to avoid tampering but not so high that you miss out on crucial details. Also, because corners give wider vantage points, you can utilize proper camera positioning to cover more ground with fewer cameras.
Your security camera placement needs to account for how the sun hits your home at certain times of the day. This ensures that there is no glare on any recordings that may prevent you from seeing crucial footage clearly. As such, make sure that you do not point your outdoor cameras directly at windows, as video quality may be hampered by the elements.
Additionally, weather-resistant cameras with night vision are ideal for monitoring outdoor spaces day and night all year long.
Point-of-entry cameras are essential as they keep track of the happenings around your home’s doors and windows, which are vulnerable spots. If cameras placed where the roof meets the side of the house or in similar locations are angled correctly, you can monitor your front door, back door, or side doors, as well as nearby windows and paths. Corner placement is recommended, and cameras on opposite corners facing each other can eliminate blind spots.
Doorbell cameras also present a viable option for your entrances. With two-way communication capabilities and motion activated technology, Arlo doorbell cameras allow you to stay on top of packages, visitors, and more from anywhere you can connect to the internet.
A strategically placed camera or two should give a complete view of your front and back yards. This will help deter would-be thieves as well as capture necessary information on camera, like the identifying details of a perpetrator or their vehicle. If the field-of-view includes the driveway you may be able to see which way they approached and departed from your property.
Criminals may try to get crafty and bypass your house entirely, targeting your garage or shed and their contents instead. A camera trained specifically on these locations can help protect valuables that would-be burglars or vandals may consider softer targets. A single interior camera may be enough for small spaces.
Indoor cameras work in tandem with outdoor cameras to offer maximum home security. From monitoring pet sitters and babysitters to watching elderly parents or keeping tabs on people working around your home, indoor security cameras can be good for your nerves and safety. Consider placing cameras in the following areas:
Your television, sound system, Blu-ray player, and other electronics should be in view of a living room camera as these are common targets for robbers and burglars.
Intruders will have to use hallways and stairs if they want to move around your home, and that’s why you want these areas to be within view of a camera.
They probably won’t steal your leftovers, but it’s easy for crooks to walk away with small appliances. It makes sense to position a camera so it has a clear view of the kitchen.
Jewelry, cash, and important documents might be stored or hidden in your closet or safe. Make sure a camera is present since criminals will likely search these locations.
Remember that people have a reasonable expectation to privacy in certain rooms throughout the house, so avoid placing cameras in bedrooms or bathrooms. Instances where you may have to do this include if you have a small child or a person with disabilities living in your home and need to monitor them and their caretakers.
You want your security camera placement to be as effective as possible for maximum monitoring potential. Keeping these hints in mind can help you avoid simple mistakes:
Ready to set up a home surveillance system? Arlo cameras are designed to keep an eye on your property, inside and out. You can even purchase camera bundles with multiple devices to get started and save you money.