The Ideal Safe Place to Position Your Wireless Security Cameras at Home Before we start going into detail regarding the placement of your home security camera, let’s look at some background info. Did you know that home burglaries are the second most popular crime in the UK? As of December 2016 there have been 37,492 reported cases of burglary during the year. Security cameras can serve as a deterrent and provide you with peace of mind when you’re away from home.
However, just having a wireless IP camera placed at home in any room won’t mean you’re protecting yourself. Where the security camera is placed is of utmost importance.
Placement and the type of lens
Before looking for the most suitable location to place your wireless security camera , you need to know the type of camera lens. Not all cameras have the same type of lens, and depending on it the placement may vary significantly. The lens of a typical home security camera can be of two kinds:
This type of lens means that the area your camera is going to monitor cannot be “adjusted”. These cameras are ideal for monitoring a small area. They have no options of zoom in or zoom out, and they need to be placed exactly in the place that you want to overview. Also, make sure you don’t choose this kind if you have to monitor close detail (counter of a shop, cash exchange point, etc). However, if you want to make sure no one’s entered your house while you were away, or you want to keep an eye on your toddler while he’s sleeping, these cameras are very suitable.
This type of lens is used to monitor larger areas as it comes with zoom in and out functions. It can cover quite a few hundreds of feet, so make sure you choose them in case your premises are larger.
So, a fixed lens camera needs to be placed just above the area that needs to be monitored, while for the camera with varifocal lens the placement is more flexible. Whichever type you opt for, make sure the camera also has night vision so it can capture clear images when it’s dark.
Questions to ask
Before you choose a location, ask yourself some important questions:
- Where do you think you actually need a wireless security camera?
- Where are the most vulnerable spots in your house/premises?
- What are your most important belongings that you want to secure?
- Where could a potential thief come in from?
These questions may lead you to picking a couple of locations. Now, let’s also look at some statistics and recommendations in case you left out important parts of your house.
The optimal places to install security cameras
Did you know that every 45 seconds in the UK, there is an attempted burglary, and every 76 seconds, it’s successful. The danger is there, and most thieves will simply sneak in from the front door or windows on the first floor.
If you live in a house that has several floors, keep in mind that most burglars enter through the first floor so you may want to place your cameras in a way that they capture all possible entrances on the first floor, including windows.
Remember that the number one point is still the front door, as you can always monitor and see who’s about to enter the house in advance.
Now when it comes to placing home security cameras around windows and doors, make sure to place them above the door or window frame, facing downward. This way the camera will also capture the area a couple of feet in front of the door, giving you much more visibility.
It is very important to make these cameras hard to notice or place them in a way they aren’t easy to reach. Remember that an intruder may break or damage the camera if it is easy to do so.
An alternative in case you can’t place your wireless security camera out of reach would be placing it on the window seal of easily accessible windows so that there is a view of the garden and anyone who tries to approach them. If you are placing the cameras outside, make sure they are waterproof, and place them a bit high so an intruder won’t find it easy to damage them.
Finally, if you have a safe or an area where you keep valuables or large amounts of money at home, make sure you’ve covered that room or area.
These are the most common and important areas to place a security camera. You may also want to place a camera for specific reasons like monitoring your kids’ room, so there may be more locations but you do know the essentials that will help you stay secure.