Best Places to Install Home Security Cameras
Today’s market offers a number of great indoor and outdoor security cameras that a handy homeowner can install themselves. All you need to decide is where to put them. Our complete guide to home security camera installation is the game plan you need to strategize, position and install your surveillance devices.
You might assume that intruders always sneak into side entrances, but statistics show that 34% of burglars use the front door. It’s also where package thieves are likely to strike. A security camera at your main entrance keeps tabs on everybody that comes in and out of your home, from family members and babysitters to maintenance people, delivery people and more.
Back & Side Doors
Doors that are out-of-sight allow visitors to enter undetected, whether they’re invited or not. To ensure full knowledge of everyone who enters and exits, add cameras to your secondary doors, especially if one of them is used as often or more often than your front door, or if one (like a basement door) seems particularly enticing or accessible to a potential intruder.
Garage & Driveway
A security camera pointed at your garage and/or driveway keeps a watchful eye on bikes, tools, grills, sports equipment, cars and everyone that handles them. If your garage is detached, the security camera helps you stay connected. If the garage is attached, the extra layer of security monitors another possible entryway into your home. If there’s a gate at the end of your driveway, you may want a camera there to spot anyone attempting to get in.
Monitoring the yard will help you keep tabs on anyone scoping out your house from the outside. It’s also handy for capturing the activities of kids, animals and trespassers.
Placing security cameras in gathering points like the kitchen or living room is a great way to see if the kids are doing what they’re supposed to do, if the babysitter is attentive, what the pets are getting into, or to check on household help like cleaners and repairmen. Consider prioritizing any rooms that have large ground-floor windows — that way you can see if anyone tampers with them or uses one as a break-in point.
Main Stairway or Hallway
Place a security camera in the main thoroughfares inside your home, and it will be difficult for someone to move about undetected. If someone breaks in through a bathroom, bedroom or another unmonitored area, they’ll still be captured on camera if they move about the house.
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