A security camera placed in front of a residential home

Where You Should (and Shouldn’t) Place Security Cameras

Everybody wants their home to be secure, it’s a natural concern. Many people feel that one of the best ways to protect themselves and their property is to install security cameras. However, security cameras are only as good as their location. This article will give you some tips on where to place your cameras to make your house as secure as possible

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Preparation is Key

To get started, it helps to do a little planning. Get a piece of paper and draw a rough top-down view of your property, or maybe print out a satellite image.

Next, mark all the areas around your property you want to be monitored. Keep in mind that you don’t have to record every inch of the property, only the important places. This could be entry points such as doors and first-floor windows.

Once you’ve marked the areas you want to be able to view, note where you could place cameras to get a view of these areas. Generally, corners work best. Also keep in mind the materials around where the camera will go: What is the wall made of? Is there a convenient place to run wires and cabling, such as vinyl siding? Thinking of these things ahead of time will save you trouble down the road.

Once you’ve got a few spots in mind, go around the property and scope out the potential spots. Stand in the spot you want the camera to be (if possible) and see if the key area is visible.

Look out for obstructions such as tree limbs, downspouts, and walls. Avoid bright, reflective surfaces, especially in the foreground of the image. This can cause the camera to focus on the bright surface and drown out the rest of the image, particularly at night. Try not to point the camera into the sun to avoid silhouetting faces. If you plan to place a camera behind a window, make certain that no glare will reflect into the camera. 

Tips for Mounting

Lastly, try to keep cameras mounted around 8-10 feet off the ground. Any higher and the camera won’t pick up faces; any lower, and the camera can be vandalized or tampered with.

Use the helpful guide below to determine the maximum height for your cameras, depending on how close you expect a subject to be when being recorded.

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Don’t try to hide the cameras. While they shouldn’t be accessible to potential intruders, cameras are a strong deterrent against robbery. It’s better to stop a burglary before it starts, not just get it on video.

Now that you know where the cameras are going, all you need is to get them installed. That’s where we come in.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy is more than happy to help with all your security installation needs. Our professionally trained technicians are fully insured and can get your security system up and running in no time. Click here to get a quote, or call us today at (877) 300-4050 to make your life simple (and secure) again.

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