Where to Place Your Home Security Camera

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Where To Place Security Cameras

To have the best results from a security camera, it must be placed appropriately. Security cameras are often placed in high traffic areas where the most theft would occur. Most homes and businesses invest in the upfront costs of cameras; so it’s the best to place them in areas where they will provide the best return.

Where Not To Place Security Cameras

Before you even start thinking about where to place your security camera, you need to think about the room or area of your home or business that you want to monitor. As with most issues regarding security, take into consideration what you are trying to protect or deter.

Are you looking for a way to protect your jewelry, or valuables? If that's the case, you might want to have a camera that monitors the top of your dresser or nightstand. A thief may be interested in the same things you are, but they will likely pay the most attention to these areas.

Do you feel that you have a possible security risk with your kids? If this is the case, you might want to have the camera monitor the room where they sleep at night or where they play.

It is worth noting that if you want the best security camera for deterrent value, position it in a place where you can plainly see any possible intruders or damage. If this is the case, the best place to put a camera is in the open, where the camera is easily seen.

Other Considerations

As a pet owner, you’re probably already familiar with the word “intimidation.” You’re looking to protect belongings either from the weather like rain, or something specific like your plant. Your alarm system will deter a burglar more so than your camera.

Try to think of your security camera as a luxury or perk for a renter, more than anything else. That is to say, it’s something to have, but doesn’t really count as fulfilling the landlord’s safety regulations. So, you’ll have to weigh your options. In many instances, providers will rent out cameras, but are in charge of installing them.

However, you can also choose to set up your own camera with just the aid of an internet connection and a compatible smartphone. The camera should probably be at a 7-foot height from the floor for the perfect shot of the front door. Keep in mind, that if you’re dealing with a towering home, like a mansion, your camera will need to be at the top or near a window for common areas. This is because a common criminal would just enter there instead of the front door.

Tips for Placing and Using Security Cameras

Security cameras are a huge theft deterrent that allow people to monitor their property from any place with the internet. But while they can be extremely useful, if you're not careful about where you place them or how you use them, they can also be extremely destructive. The following will help you avoid some common mistakes that people make when trying to make the best use of their security cameras.

Always Check Your Permissions

One of the most common mistakes that people make when installing security cameras is placing them in a place that's not under their control. No matter how many people you talk to about your cameras or what kind of permissions you have with the property owner, if you place a security camera in a place that's not under your control you could find your camera destroyed, your video footage deleted, and your account accessed fraudulently.

This doesn't just apply to people who want to get crafty about planting spy cameras on other people's property. This also applies to people who put cameras on the outside of their property. If you're placing security cameras in the front of your home, you shouldn't be extending them more than an inch beyond the property line.

Should I Get My Security Cameras Professionally Installed?

Do It Yourself:

The convenience of use, flexibility in location choices and installation time and cost are the main benefits of doing it yourself. If you have some home security camera accessories, you don’t necessarily need to pay the cost of professional installation. However, you may not have to worry about the cost, because some home security companies include a basic home security camera installation in their basic package prices.

Security Products Ltd can help you decide what camera placement suits you best, and fit your home security cameras with the right lenses and your home network. You can download a PDF Guide to camera placement for your personal use.

Your camera’s resolution, field of view and quality of image depend on where it is placed. Field of view describes how wide of a space is covered by a single camera. The higher the field of view, the more area you will be able to monitor. The field of view of an IP security camera on a wide angle setting depends on a number of factors, but most can have a coverage of about 90—130 degrees. If you are concerned about coverage beyond the angle of a fixed position, you must install multiple cameras to achieve adequate coverage.

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Make sure that light does not reflect off the glass. If necessary, tape a piece of black cloth to the glass.

Security Camera Placement Laws

Different location will require different placement of your security cameras. The purpose of placing your security camera there should be the determining factor in choosing the location. The more you use your security camera, the more likely you are to have a break-in. There are many different uses for security cameras, including:

  • Kid monitoring
  • General home security
  • Small business security
  • Pet/animal monitoring
  • Warranty coverage
  • Intruder deterrent

If your main purpose in putting up the security camera is to observe your pet, then you place it so it can capture the pet’s normal actions. Its important to place the camera where the pet’s lines of sight are not interfered or blocked out. Depending on the angle, you can potentially use part of your home as a monitor to catch your pet’s activities.

If your location allows your camera to monitor your front door, then consider placing it at a height where it can monitor who comes in and out. An additional benefit of installing your security camera where you can keep an eye on your front door is that it can also catch activity outside your home, and you can see who is in your yard, or at your doorstep. This will help you notice any unwanted person as well as any suspicious activity.

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Large enough for the police to see a clear image of a person's face, but small enough to be mounted in unusual locations, security cameras are becoming more and more popular as a state-of-the-art home security system.

Everyone thinks of high-end products being the exact opposite of small, but this isn't true for security cameras. Many modern digital cameras are tiny, even cell phones have cameras in them now. Cameras are getting smaller, yet sharper, so why not hide one somewhere away from the reach of regular burglars or intruders?

Here are some of the hidden places that you can put a home security camera. While a hidden camera serves as a more advanced defense than the usual outdoor visible camera, it can be just as effective in securing your home.

Where Do Most Break-Ins Occur?

It's estimated that 85% of all crimes occur at or near the home. While burglary is the crime most frequently committed in residential neighborhoods, most break-ins don’t occur when the homeowner is home. In fact, the most common time for a break-in is somewhere between 4 pm and 7 pm on weekdays. Less than 12% of all burglaries occur during the day, with late night hours being more popular. The majority of burglaries occur during the winter months, although there is no statistic on why. This is something to be aware of and may determine whether you want a residential security system or not.

While this information is reassuring to most people, burglaries are still worrisome. That’s why cameras installed around your home are a good idea. Most burglars enter homes through doors, windows, garage doors, and around broken locks. Cameras can be placed to record activity around these entry points.

In addition to protecting your home, cameras can also protect your valuables. A camera can help provide evidence should anything happen to your property.

Conclusion

Now that you have the answers to 9 question that make people confused about you and your home security camera, you can easily convince your neighbors. You know whether it is difficult to install your camera or not, and you know where to place your security camera in your home. You will be the smartest person on the block and your neighbors might not even like to ask you any more.

It made you a guru in the eyes of your neighbors. They might think you’re a security camera professional. If security cameras are kind of your passion so, maybe, you could start something like an online business to consult people about their security cameras and teach them how to use them. You can help people with your camera knowledge and make some money at the same time.

I am no expert in security cameras, but I am a firm believer that everyone should have a security camera in his or her home. I believe that it’s the best way to protect your home, your family, and your business.

I hope that this article helps you to persuade your neighbors and to protect your family and your business. And if you do anything cool with security cameras, don’t forget to share about it with us..