CCTV security cameras are an excellent way to keep an eye on your property. But simply having a CCTV camera on your premises will not keep your property secure; they must also be installed at appropriate locations. If you do not place your CCTV security cameras in the best possible location, it is virtually useless.
SMS Security has created a list of security camera placement locations to help you figure out where to mount your security cameras to get the most use out of them.
At the Front Door
If you’re only going to get one CCTV camera for your property, aiming it on your front door, porch or entryway is your best bet. Studies have shown that nearly 40% of break-ins occur through an unlocked front door. And many of us may be negligent in locking our front doors, so having a working CCTV system trained on your main entryway is your first line of defense.
To prevent burglars from taking out your camera, place it on the second-floor level of your property. If you only have one level, you could use mesh wiring to secure your front door security camera from being tampered with.
At Back and Side Doors
Back doors are also popular entryways for burglars and intruders, so installing a camera here is good. This also applies to side doors. Each entryway into your property is viewed as a potential entry point for a criminal into your private space.
Install cameras on all of your doorways, as these are your most vulnerable areas. Again, to prevent tampering, take the same protective procedures as indicated in the previous section.
Near Off-Street Windows
Approximately 23% of crooks are attracted to windows that do not face a busy street or road since there are no prying eyes from the public. Also, these reduce their chances of being caught by being away from passing vehicles.
So, it is ideal to point a camera towards off-street windows to deter burglars. In addition to installing CCTV cameras, keep your windows closed and locked every time you leave the house as an extra layer of security.
Some people may not realize the importance of keeping an eye on your garage, yet 9% of burglars frequently use the garage door as an entry point. So, whether or not your garage contains valuable stuff, it is essential for keeping it safe.
A camera positioned at the driveway or garage area is best for detecting suspicious behaviour. Alternatively, you may mount the camera inside the garage and angle it so that the lighting from the entry door adds illumination to the dark interior.
Whether it’s a shed full of expensive gardening machinery or a lawn full of play equipment for the kids, residential gardens frequently feature numerous expensive and valuable items that burglars find appealing.
To make your backyard area safe and secure, install a few strategically placed cameras and security lights. For example, set the CCTV camera where it is visible to people and at the height of 200 to 300 metres from the ground.
Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing CCTV Cameras
Failure to Secure Surveillance Cameras Indoors and Outdoors
One of the most common mistakes people make is failing to secure their security systems, which leaves surveillance cameras vulnerable to tampering.
Security camera installation inside and outside the home may differ because outdoor security cameras are more easily damaged by harsh weather conditions or removed by thieves.
In general, placing security cameras about 300 metres above the ground is considered safe. This height is low enough to catch fine details while being high enough to keep criminals away.
Thinking Cameras Can Multitask
Cameras do not have the ability to multitask. When it comes to camera positioning, you must first identify what task you want your camera to do.
People often forget that if they don’t plan ahead of time where to set up your home security cameras, the camera won’t be able to pick up someone’s face, license plate, and the house across the street simultaneously.
It’s important to create a home security camera placement diagram so you have a clear vision of where to position CCTV cameras, and each camera may perform to its full potential.
Security Camera Installation Experts
Installing security cameras in the proper location and avoiding the typical mistakes listed above are the best ways to ensure your and your loved one’s safety.
SMS Security has been providing outstanding security solutions to residential and commercial clients in Perth since 2006, ranging from alarm systems, CCTV to access control systems. Visit the SMS Security blog to learn more about CCTV systems and other property security solutions.
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