In 2019, 196,291 break-ins were recorded in Canada! In fact, a residential break-in happens every 90 seconds! Everyone wants their family and property to be protected. With the numerous indoor and outdoor security devices available, this is now possible. Security cameras can help stop home break-ins and keep your family and property safe from vandals and burglars. However, you need to strategize, position and install your cameras appropriately or you may not be as protected as you think. The following are a few tips for placing your security cameras where they’ll provide the best coverage.
Where should you install security cameras?
Catching thieves and criminals can only be done when your camera is put in the right location. While all homes are situated differently, most have high-traffic spots that are most vulnerable to break-ins. Consider which locations in and around your home will provide the widest viewing ranges. Place cameras to cover as many of these areas as possible.
- Front door: Statistics show that 34% of burglars use the front door. It’s also where package thieves strike. Place an exterior camera above or near your front door, facing downward so that it covers the area a few feet in front of the opening. For enclosed front porches, mount a camera in the corner, facing your entryway.
- Back and side doors: Nearly one-fourth of all break-ins happen through the back door. This entrance is usually out of sight, allowing undetected entry. It’s wise to add cameras to the back and side doors.
- Off-street windows: 23% of burglars enter a home through a first-floor window, especially those that don’t directly face a street. Install exterior cameras above these entry points or use interior cameras that face the windows.
- Garage and driveway: 9% of thieves enter through the garage. A camera pointed at your garage and/or driveway monitors another possible entryway into your home and helps detect suspicious activity. Protect your tools, bikes, cars, sports equipment and BBQ with a garage camera.
- Yard: A yard camera lets you view your children, animals, those passing by and trespassers.
- Interior common areas: Thieves are inclined to search for valuables in specific areas (kitchen, living room, master bedroom). Use cameras to watch over these spaces.
- Stairway and/or hallway: Placing a camera in the main thoroughfares of your home makes it difficult for someone to move around undetected, even if they enter through an unmonitored entry point.
Tips to optimize camera placement:
Once you decide upon locations for your cameras you need to place and install them to cover the intended area.
- Install exterior cameras 8 to10 feet from the ground.
- Don’t point cameras directly at the sun.
- Decide whether you want the camera to be visible or hidden.
- Keep interior cameras near the ceiling.
- Hang indoor cameras in the corner of a room.
- Screwing cameras directly into a wall is most secure.
- Angle for indirect light (away from lamps, light fixtures, windows).
- Make sure your cameras have reliable access to a strong Wi-Fi signal.
- Ensure your camera does not capture areas where your neighbours have an expectation of privacy.
Smart home security cameras can be installed in multiple areas throughout your home. They’re a great addition to any home security system, providing 24/7 monitoring regardless of your location. Consider smart home security cameras for your yard, garage and dwelling.
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