How To Position Security Cameras In 4 Key Ways
A security system is only as strong as its placement. Pick the right spot to protect your property with Arlo.
Remember: A security camera is only as strong as where you position it. Where should you place security cameras to protect your home, and where should you start? Always test your cameras to see if they are working properly before installing. Plus, regularly check that your cameras are charged and operating at full speed. As a courtesy, you should direct cameras away from neighbors’ property to respect their privacy.
Plus, always adhere to local, stage, and federal laws pertaining to home surveillance. Let’s explore where to place security cameras to prevent theft, property damage, or a potential break-in.
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It can be overwhelming to decide how to position home security cameras. Not sure where to start? Arlo has got you covered. The best placement for your Arlo camera depends on a few key factors, including the style of your home, the type of environment you want to protect, and how expansive your property is.
Effectively placing your home security camera can improve motion capture capabilities, video capture, and even amp up your signal strength. A security camera is only as strong as where you position it. Here are a few camera positioning tips you should keep in mind:
When installing security cameras, it’s essential to get a comprehensive field of view free of blind spots. A “blind spot” is any area that isn’t within view of a camera. Much like you’d check your blind spot when merging onto the highway, every surveillance system should have a complete view of your front and side doors.
We recommend placing your cameras high enough to not be tampered with, but not so high that you miss out on crucial details. Since corners give a wider range of vantage points, place indoor security cameras and outdoor cameras in corners to cover more ground — with fewer cameras.
When it comes to outdoor security camera placement, it’s all in the details. Video camera quality can easily be hampered by the elements. Where does the sun hit the side of your home, and at what time? Do you have a covered porch, or are you more susceptible to the elements?
Your home security camera placement needs to account for how the sun hits your home at certain times of the day. To avoid glare on any recordings that might obscure footage, don’t point your outdoor cameras directly at windows.
Plus, weather-resistant cameras with night vision are ideal for monitoring outdoor spaces. Options like the Arlo Ultra 2 can withstand temperatures as low as -4°F to 113°F (-20°C to 45°C).
Arlo cameras and doorbells work in a wide range of weather conditions, including rain and snow. Do not allow Arlo batteries or the interior of battery compartments to be exposed to water. To help keep your camera charged outdoors, invest in a solar panel like the Arlo Solar Panel Charger. A weather-resistant design.
Invest in point-of-entry cameras to keep track of the areas most prone to break-ins: doors and windows. Angle your cameras where the roof meets the side of the house to monitor your front door, back door, side doors, and windows. Options like the Ultra 2 capture a clearer picture of every detail with 4K HDR. Plus, see more of what’s happening with an ultra-wide field of view for the ultimate protection.
Keep watch over your doorstep with the convenience of a wire-free, battery operated video doorbell that gives full coverage. Doorbell cameras like the Essential Wireless Video Doorbell offer two-way audio capabilities and are built with a wide 180° viewing angle, 1:1 aspect ratio, and should be placed at waist height for maximum dimension.
A strategically placed camera or two should give a complete view of your front and backyard. When installed in a corner or elevated angle, cameras like the Arlo Pro 5S 2K allow you to see sharper details with 2K HDR video. In the unlikely event you’re the victim of a crime, you’ll be glad you invested in video surveillance with advanced zoom capabilities to capture all the details. Zoom 12x on every image to make out faces, license plates, or other identifying details.
Pro tip: Don’t forget about your garage. If you’re anything like the Arlo family, you store some high-quality tools and valuables in the garage. Safeguard Dad’s favorite room in the house with indoor and outdoor cameras like the Go 2 — just make sure to install it in an elevated corner and make sure your cameras point at an angle for maximum coverage.
Whether it’s your living room or an attached shed on the ground floor, criminals can get crafty. No home security system is complete without indoor security cameras like the Essential Indoor Wired Security Camera.
From monitoring pet sitters and babysitters to keeping tabs on elderly parents, indoor cameras complement outdoor cameras for maximum security. Consider placing cameras in the following areas:
Ready to set up a home surveillance system? Arlo’s range of home security essential bundles are designed to keep an eye on your property inside and out. To guarantee Wi-Fi signal, don’t place your camera too far away from your router. Plus, don’t place your camera too low to the ground. Always position any security camera at an angle for maximum coverage. Watch over your home in crystal-clear detail for greater insight with Arlo today.