When it comes to installing secu­ri­ty cam­eras in your home, place­ment is every­thing. There are many rea­sons peo­ple install secu­ri­ty cam­eras, though the most pop­u­lar rea­son is to deter bur­glars from break­ing into your prop­er­ty.

Strate­gic secu­ri­ty cam­era place­ment can achieve three impor­tant things:

  • A vis­i­ble secu­ri­ty cam­era may cause an intrud­er to think twice about attempt­ing to break-in
  • You may wit­ness the break-in and be able to call the police while it is in progress
  • After a break-in, a well-placed secu­ri­ty cam­era will cap­ture the burglar’s face, mak­ing it eas­i­er for the police to iden­ti­fy and track them down

Where should you place secu­ri­ty cam­eras in order to best catch a bur­glar?

1. Front and Back Doors
Bur­glars are often break in through the back or front doors of a house. Plac­ing a cam­era at the point of entry is the best way to cap­ture burglar’s faces. When plac­ing cam­eras above doors or win­dows, make sure the cam­era is placed high up and encased prop­er­ly or anoth­er dif­fi­cult to break mate­r­i­al.

Many would-be bur­glars spend time scop­ing out their tar­gets before they break in. A cam­era with a clear view of the front of your home, includ­ing your dri­ve­way, will pick up any sus­pi­cious behav­ior, hope­ful­ly end­ing the break in before it even begins.

2. First-Floor Win­dows
Many hous­es are bro­ken into via ground lev­el win­dows. The win­dows may be smashed, but the unfor­tu­nate truth is that many of us for­get to lock or close our win­dows, espe­cial­ly in the sum­mer.

Like cam­eras placed above doors, cam­eras should be high enough above a win­dow so they can­not be reached. Win­dows that are at the back of the house, or some­where else where they aren’t vis­i­ble from the street are espe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble.

3. Backyard/Garage
If your garage is attached to your home, it’s espe­cial­ly impor­tant to place secu­ri­ty cam­eras with inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or views. Even if you can­not enter your home through the garage, secu­ri­ty cam­eras can help pro­tect any valu­ables kept in the garage.

Your back­yard may also be home to valu­able items like sport­ing goods and patio fur­ni­ture. In addi­tion, you want to have sur­veil­lance of all your prop­er­ty, not just the inside of your home. Bur­glars may enter your back­yard to inves­ti­gate the entry points and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty of your home. For out­door cam­eras, ensure that they are equipped with night vision.

While we all hope to nev­er expe­ri­ence a break-in, they are all-too-com­mon. Strate­gic secu­ri­ty cam­era place­ment will give you the peace of mind know­ing that you’ve done all in your pow­er to pro­tect your fam­i­ly and your prop­er­ty.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.