Camera Placement and Positioning
How many security cameras do I need?
By identifying essential areas in need of protection, you can figure out the minimum number of security cameras needed to keep you and your family safe. Depending on your level of comfort, you may wish to use more than the minimum amount, or invest in an HD security camera system for enhanced detail in your security footage.
Securing points of entry
Any windows, doorways or other means by which an intruder could gain access to your home. If outside, place the camera high enough that potential intruders cannot tamper with it. First-floor windows that are not facing the street and the back door to your house are favorite targets for burglars.
Protecting objects of value
Be sure to provide coverage to any object that might attract the attention of a burglar. Areas that contain expensive items such as garages or sheds are good examples. Objects of high importance (like a safe or jewelry) may merit having a backup security camera in case one is tampered with.
Monitoring outside your home
Use outdoor security cameras to cover points of entry from the outside. Consider a security camera with a wide angle lens to monitor yards and the streets. Obviously placed security cameras combined with very discretely placed cameras may help deter, or catch potential burglars.
How should I position my security cameras?
When placing security cameras, you should always strive to get the most out of each position. The more monitoring tasks you can accomplish with a single security camera, the better. Here are some helpful hints to guide your installation:
For instance, a single security camera may be used to monitor an entranceway as well as several windows.
Save time and effort installing multiple security cameras in one area by minimizing the amount of drilling.
When positioning be conscious of excessive daylight, or bright night lighting, as this can "wash out" your security footage.
How can I further deter intruders?
Positioning security cameras outside of your home is a major deterrent that can dissuade even the most determined burglars. If you are mostly concerned with indoor security monitoring it might still be a good idea to consider placing some security cameras outside your home, in plain view of passers by.
Posting a warning sign in your window or doorway stating that the premises are under surveillance is also an effective way to deter intruders.
Keeping security cameras sheltered will help protect the lens from being obstructed by rain, snow, ice, and dust.
Out of Reach
The security camera will capture a greater amount of its surroundings, while staying out of the reach of intruders.
Monitor detached buildings
Consider a wireless security camera for detached buildings (such as a shed) to extend the coverage of your security system.