Where to Put Security Cameras Outside & Inside the Home
DIY security equipment is easier than ever to set up. However, without the guidance of an in-person technician, it’s up to you to figure out where to place the security cameras.
Read tips from Blue by ADT to help you create the best plan possible for your home’s layout.
Best Places to Put Outdoor Security Cameras
Wireless outdoor cameras act as the first line of defense against intruders. They can capture their faces as they case your home and notify you of unexpected activities. Cameras can even deter potential thieves. Keep the following in mind when determining the best outdoor camera placement.
Monitor first floor windows, as well as back-and-side entrances
Not all criminals will attempt to break-in through the front door. Place outdoor cameras to strategically survey less prominent entrances.
This doesn’t mean you need to position a camera directly on each window. Instead, affix the outdoor camera to an overhang or elevated vantage point. Angle it to monitor the full side of the house. Don’t forget to double-check the positioning using the live footage on the security app to determine the perfect spot.
You may notice we didn’t mention positioning an outdoor camera near your front door. This is because Blue by ADT recommends relying upon a specialized doorbell camera to monitor your primary entrance.
Don’t forget to monitor points of interest outside of the house
Besides your house, what’s your most expensive possession? Your vehicle! It’s not the only valuable belonging you store outside, either. Thieves sometimes take bicycles, power tools, and even furniture. Plus, vandals itching to wreak havoc may spray paint walls, damage playsets, and destroy gardens.
What’s our point? It’s best to place outdoor security cameras to strategically protect your yards, driveway, sheds, and garage.
Take into account the outdoor cameras’ monitoring range
If you underestimate the cameras’ abilities, you may buy an unnecessarily high number. If you overestimate, you risk potential blind spots. For this reason, find out the monitoring range of the outdoor cameras and map them accordingly for complete coverage.
For example, the Blue by ADT outdoor camera has a 130° field of view and can detect motion within five-meters.
If you buy too little, companies like Blue by ADT let you purchase additional cameras to add onto your existing system.
Place your outdoor cameras so they’re easy to spot
Believe it or not, you want potential intruders to spot your security cameras. Your equipment may be enough to scare off camera-shy criminals, especially when paired with a lawn sign. You don’t have to do anything special to make your cameras visible; simply don’t worry about disguising them.
Did you or the former owner previously experience a break-in? Consider how the culprit entered the property.
Past experiences can reveal otherwise overlooked vulnerabilities within your home’s security. Plus, if the thieves were successful once, there’s an increased likelihood that they’ll return. Take extra care to focus an outdoor camera on their preferred access point.
Be a good neighbor and avoid spying on others’ properties.
No one likes being recorded against their will, so try not to point your cameras directly into others’ personal spaces. This can create bad blood and, in the worse case scenario, even a lawsuit.
Consider telling your next door neighbors that you’ve set up cameras and then sharing the live footage on your mobile app. This transparency can assure them that you’re respecting their privacy while helping to enhance overall neighborhood safety.
Best Places to Put Indoor Security Cameras
While outdoor cameras may scare off some thieves, others may remain undeterred. This is why indoor security cameras are important.
Indoor cameras can capture unexpected moments, both positive or negative. They provide an extra means of digital communication, whether you talk with guests or yell, Stop the police are on their way! They can double as motion sensors to send alerts to your mobile app about unusual activity.
Below are smart tips to keep in mind when putting indoor security cameras throughout the home.
Where are thieves most likely to rummage.
Not all thieves break-in uninvited. In fact, you may welcome them into your home as a cleaner, babysitter, handyman, dog walker, or one of your child’s friends.
Set up cameras where people are most likely to snoop or steal. This can include the liquor cabinet, closets, kitchens, tool sheds, home offices, etc.
Reconsider placing cameras in all the bedrooms and bathrooms, as this could be an invasion of privacy for loved ones. However, consider placing a security camera in the hallway to see if someone enters a space that should be off-limits.
If you want to monitor activity inside these sensitive areas, consider motion sensors instead. For example, door sensors can alert you if someone opens the bathroom’s medicine cabinet without requiring you to record them.
Seek elevation for a greater range of visibility.
For the best view of the room, consider placing some security cameras on taller furniture or mounted to the ceiling corner.
As a bonus, security cameras placed on higher shelves or mounted in upper corners are less likely to be spotted and dismantled by intruders.
This suggestion doesn’t necessarily need to apply to all your indoor cameras. If there is an area with heavy foot traffic or has noteworthy valuables, place a camera so you have the best view of this particular spot.
Consider how cameras can benefit your family beyond home security.
Indoor cameras can go a long way to adding convenience or keeping family members safe.
Perhaps you can place a camera near your dog’s bed to check in and communicate when you’re away. An indoor camera can help you keep an eye on a playdate while you’re working in the other room. Does Grandma tend to sleepwalk? The camera’s monitoring radius can notify you when she nears the stairs so you can take fast action.
Common Mistakes When Positioning Cameras
Placing Cameras Too High
Wait, didn’t we earlier say to seek out an overhang or elevated vantage point? Placing security cameras higher offers a lot of benefits: they’re out of easy reach for thieves and the positioning offers a wide range of view.
Just don’t put the cameras too high.
The video footage should make clear what’s going on and the thieves’ faces. There’s no benefit to recording the tops of people’s heads! Make sure that the camera is the right height and angle to capture important details. Consider having another adult present to serve as the “stand-in” when positioning the camera.
This leads us to our second mistake to avoid . . .
Failing to Test the Footage Before Finalizing the Camera Position
Blue by ADT makes it simple to view live camera footage on your phone while setting up the equipment. Let this be your guide to determine the best placement and tilt for your indoor and outdoor cameras.
It’s okay if you don’t get it right the first time. The wireless product design enables you to adjust where you put the cameras with minimal effort.
Leaving Significant Blind Spots
Map out how many cameras to purchase and where to place them, particularly when it comes to outdoor equipment. A seasoned criminal can quickly find unmonitored parts of the home and enter undetected. For example, if you only purchase a doorbell camera, there’s no stopping someone from entering through a side window.
Not Getting a Wi-Fi Extender
Most quality cameras sync with your home’s Internet to coordinate with a mobile app and store footage. However, many homeowners’ Wi-Fi connection fades for devices installed on the front porch or around the exterior.
Keep the Internet connection strong no matter where you place your outdoor security cameras by purchasing the Blue Extender + Chime.
You Don’t Have to Figure Out Security Camera Placement Alone
What do you get when you combine the hands-on expertise of ADT with innovative DIY solutions? Blue by ADT.
Our team offers an extensive Support site to help answer all your questions. You can also reach at 877-464-7437 to provide additional guidance. We’re here to help you secure your home with confidence.
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