Where should I install home security cameras?September 18th, 2020
Many homeowners find themselves asking where to install home security cameras. There are some tips that we suggest for everyone, and additional placements that are determined by your concerns and personal lifestyle.
Security cameras can help protect your home by deterring would-be intruders or they can provide footage of a crime as useful evidence. Criminals are looking for the easiest and most discrete entry points. Ground-level doors and windows are ideal for ease of access. Areas that are not street facing, obscured by shrubs, or blocked by outbuildings are the most vulnerable. So, if you are looking to install security cameras be sure to cover these areas of your home.
Let’s further discuss some tips on the best installation points for your home security cameras…
Front Door Security Camera
Placing a security camera at the front door allows you to see the activity that is happening right outside your home on a regular basis.
The best solution for front door security is a doorbell camera. Easily see who is waiting on the other side of the door, communicate with people using two-way voice features, direct delivery drivers where to place packages, and have recorded videos of suspicious activity or crimes. Best of all, this can all be done conveniently from your smartphone device.
Another option is to install an indoor security camera facing your front door. This will capture any activity at the front door if an alarm is triggered or you can set up a recording schedule to capture video any time the front door opens. This works well for any room in your home that has an exterior entry door or easily accessible window.
Indoor security cameras are an easy way to keep an eye on your home, whether you are there or not. If you work from home and have children participating in cyber school, having an indoor camera in their study area will help you make sure your child is staying on task. Think about covering all common areas of your home like the living room and kitchen.
If you are caring for elderly family members, you can install security cameras in areas they spend the most time, giving you more peace of mind.
Think about where in your home you store the most valuable items. This could be a home office, living room, second-floor bedrooms, or a workshop. These are the areas burglars are most likely to invade in search of easy to grab valuable items like electronics, jewelry, memorabilia, and tools.
If you have expensive items in bedrooms, consider placing cameras in the stairway or hallway leading to the bedrooms to capture activity but still maintain your privacy.
Field of View for Your Security Camera
Different cameras have different fields of view. Most cameras have a wide-angle lens to capture a large area. Corners of a room are a great place to install a camera in order to maximize the field of view.
If you are setting your camera on a shelf or piece of furniture be sure that your camera isn’t sitting too far back where the shelf obscures the view. And don’t hide the camera behind objects.
Make sure you capture the main points of entry in the room. If you are using motion detection triggers for video alerts, highlight areas of entry/exit for your alerts.
Avoid pointing a camera directly at a source of sunlight, rather point it towards an area that has indirect light that won’t cause glare on the camera lens.
Security Camera Height
When having indoor security cameras installed, the best option is for installers to mount the camera in an area that is elevated in order to get the best field of view. Before physically mounting the camera, your installer will test the field of view to make sure it’s not being obstructed by ceiling fans or light fixtures or any other objects in the room. Ceiling fans can accidentally trigger notifications if you are using motion detection alerts with your security system.
Be sure not to mount the camera too high or it may not be able to clearly capture faces if they are blocked by shadows, hats, or are just too far away to be recognizable.
WiFi Signal Strength
If your home security cameras are wireless, it is important to check the WiFi signal strength in the area where you would like to have the camera installed. If your signal strength is weak you may be able to purchase and install WiFi extenders to improve the signal, ensuring that your camera is communicating with the security panel.
For more information on making sure your home internet speeds are ready for security cameras, you can read our article on making your home internet smart home ready.
We know there is a lot to consider when securing your home. Our home security experts are here to help by asking you the important questions and making sure all your concerns are covered. Give yourself more awareness with home security cameras. Contact Select SmartHome today.