Keeping your property safe and secure is a top priority. There can be nothing worse than feeling unsafe or insufficiently protected in your own home.
For many, the installation of CCTV cameras outside, and sometimes inside, their house is an excellent way to deter potential invaders and provide their family with the comforting knowledge that steps have been taken to ensure their safety.
With many years’ experience in CCTV installation, we know how important it is to get home security right. Knowing the best places to position your cameras will be crucial for an effective CCTV setup.
Poor positioning can mean that your cameras will not pick up movement outside of your house or that the picture will be corrupted. If your camera’s view is blocked, any footage will become useless.
Our quick guide outlines some of the best places to position your CCTV cameras for optimal home security and peace of mind!
Number of Cameras
Before having your cameras installed, it will be helpful to think about how many you will require for your security needs. When you have identified the areas that are most at risk, you will be able to figure out the minimum number of CCTV cameras needed.
When you have settled upon the areas that need protecting, it is a case of finding the best position for your security camera for optimal clarity within that section.
Main Points of Entry
Securing the doors and windows in your house is essential when endeavouring to achieve the best home security. Outside CCTV cameras will need to be installed high enough above entryways to ensure that intruders cannot disturb or damage the camera feed.
Lower-floor windows that don’t face the street are also particularly vulnerable to potential intruders, so CCTV cameras that include these areas in their scope can prove invaluable.
Garages or outhouses that are separate constructions from your home are especially vulnerable. Burglars assume that they are less likely to be protected because you will be in your house, oblivious to anything happening outside.
A camera should be placed high above your garage door to catch any intruders or deter them from breaking in.
Many people neglect to protect their back door because they feel that it is protected by the garden or outside fences. This is not true, as thieves will still invade your home through this entrance. Again, a camera placed above a person’s reach will be your best bet to prevent things from being thrown at it, resulting in damage.
Covering Large Outside Area
Using wide-angle lenses to monitor your whole garden, driveway or neighbouring streets may also be a good idea if you are particularly worried. These cameras have a larger scope and can be placed high for a more complete view.
Using a combination of discrete and obviously-placed cameras across all of these locations will also be something to consider. The obvious presence of CCTV will deter some intruders, but in the event that your cameras are destroyed, more stealthily-placed or disguised cameras can provide backup.
When deciding on the exact position of your camera, you should be conscious of potential lighting issues. Excessively bright daylight or overpowering street lamps can wash out the footage, preventing the cameras from being effective.
Correct installation will also be key in ensuring your camera’s effectivity. Without being installed correctly, your camera’s picture quality may be poor, or you may receive no picture at all. Having a professional install your home security system will be your best bet when it comes to making sure everything is set up safely and properly.
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