Buying home cameras is almost as close to living as a secret spy as most of us will get. But buying the right cameras to keep your house safe is only half the job. You also need to find out the best places to place your security cameras.
Do you want to mount the cameras indoors? Outdoor? Do you need them near the front door or the back door or both? This review of the best places to place a security camera will help you map out your security plan.
The best places to place your home security camera
A front door camera is not just a fancy way to see who is knocking without having to get up. The experts at InterNACHI – the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – say that a third of all uninvited guests enter a home through the front door.
Outdoor cameras must be mounted at least 9 feet from the ground to prevent a burglar from vandalizing them, and pointing downward toward the front door for access to the door itself. It may also be a good idea to add some mesh around the camera to ward off tampering.
If your camera is intended for indoor use only, do not risk bad weather or high temperatures that ruin your home’s security system. It is better to set up indoor cameras inside a window facing the backyard with the sight of the door. Indoor cameras can also be mounted in the foyer to capture an uninvited guest if they come through the front door. Again, this type of camera should be hung high on a wall to reduce the risk of tampering.
Do you have a doorbell comb? This one is easy: Set it up as with any other doorbell, but be aware that they are within reach of uninvited guests, making them easier to block.
The back door is another entrance that is hard for thieves to resist. An estimated 22% of burglars gain access to a house in this way, according to InterNACHI.
Once again, it is best to mount your security camera outside and as high as possible to prevent thieves from disturbing it. The camera should be pointed downwards towards the door.
If your camera is only rated for indoor use, you guessed it, set it up on the inside of a window, and pointed to the back door. Do not forget to keep the curtains open enough that they do not block the view.
Indoor cameras can also be mounted on a wall in the foyer and pointed at the door so they can catch thieves at the entrance to the home (and potentially deter them).
Windows on the first floor
Windows close to the ground are only second only to the front door when it comes to entry points for home invasion. Off-street windows are especially attractive to burglars with fences, trees and more to hide the views of neighbors and passers-by, while low-lying basement windows provide particularly easy access.
Outdoor safety chambers must be mounted high (like the door frame) and pointed downwards at the windows. Cameras with wide viewing angles can help cover multiple windows so you don’t have to buy one for every glass surface in the house, but you want to be careful to make sure you don’t have trees or other plants obstructing views.
As many as 9% of thieves gain access to a home through the garage, and even independent garages pose a burglary risk with expensive outdoor equipment and all the extra home storage.
Cameras can be mounted on an exterior wall on the second floor of your home, pointed to the garage door. If yours is an attached garage that provides direct access to your house, you can also add indoor cameras in the garage so they will capture anyone entering through the door. Drive-in alarms can also trigger an early warning – these can be especially useful if you need to be away from home for extended periods.
As much as 4% of thieves enter the home through the basement, and it is not just the windows that can make your home vulnerable. If a door leads from the outside into your basement, this part of the house is very similar to a garage.
Outdoor cameras can again be mounted on the outer wall of the home pointed to the basement entrance, but indoor cameras can also be useful here. Do you have a set of stairs leading from the basement up to the entrance to the home? It may also be a good idea to mount a camera on that wall. It can convince the thieves to return!