Deciding to install a security camera system is a very wise move for any individual to make. With the modern developments of the technology, there are various security camera systems in the market with plethora of advance features. However, regardless the sophistication of the devices, it is how you use them that matters for optimal results......
5 Best Places to Install Home Security Cameras
Deciding to install a security camera system is a very wise move for any individual to make. With the modern developments of the technology, there are various security camera systems in the market with plethora of advance features. However, regardless the sophistication of the devices, it is how you use them that matters for optimal results. To make the best use of them and enjoy the best return on the investment you make, you have to place these cameras with a good sense.
As per the statistics, a large percentage of burglaries are residential. With the usage of proper security camera devices and placing them perfectly, house owners stand a very good chance to find an effective solution for such issues. This article describes the safest places to put home security cameras and maximize their effectiveness.
01.First Camera to cover the front door
It is important to have a good surveillance system towards your front door and the windows closer to that. Therefore, you have to place the first camera to cover the main door. It should be focused from the second floor with a wide angle towards the front door and the window. Interestingly, as per the researches, front doors and windows are priority targets of burglars when entering the house. Despite all the other entry doors, due to an unexplainable reason, a vast majority of burglars prefer to enter and exit via the main entrance. So, you need to cover this vulnerable area with good angle for maximum effectiveness.
Once this camera is properly placed, you will be able to monitor the activities at the front door even when you are outside the house or when you are in the bedroom in the back side of the house. Basically, placing a camera to cover the front door is staying one step ahead of a potential burglary.
02.Second camera to cover the front gate
You should never forget to cover the front gate or the pathway that provides access to your property. It is exceptionally important to know who is approaching your property in advance. In fact, knowing who is trying to gain access to a certain property should be a compulsory element of a properly structured home security plan. So, be sure that a security camera is placed to cover the front gate (or the gate). Other than the surveillance it provides, when a security camera is displayed at the front of a house, it can create a hesitation in any burglar’s mind. So, a security camera at the front of the house is a compulsory element of the overall security plan
03.Third camera to cover the rear entrance
Again, this camera is to be fixed on the second floor. However, this time it should be fixed focusing the rear entrance of the house. Although many burglars prefer to enter and exit via front doors, a considerable number of burglaries have taken place via back door too. In fact, rear door entrance can be considered as the second most popular entryway of burglars. So, this particular door should have a huge prominence in your security plans. If the front door is not under your surveillance, burglars have enough amount of time either to pick the lock or to enter via the smaller windows. More importantly, when these intruders enter via back door, they have a very good chance to stay without being noticed. Although the door sensors can add good strength to your security system, it is always better to have a ‘look’ at the things take place (or took place) before future proceedings.
04.Fourth Camera to cover the backyard
Although you have already covered 3 major areas of the house (front door, entrance gate and the rear entrance), the job is not completed unless you cover the backyards of the house properly. However, the camera you install to cover the backyard MUST HAVE night vision feature. If not, you should install a proper lighting support such as motion-sensing lights. Security experts recommend, however, to have a security camera systems with both motion-sensing lights AND night vision for optimal results.
In fact, a motion sensing light system can create a sudden panic in burglar’s mind and discourage them to break in. Moreover, you have a good chance to save the energy by installing motion sensing lights other than having the lights on throughout the night. So, the best way to have a security camera to cover the backyard is to install a night vision security camera and motion sensing light together.
05.Additional cameras on the sides of the house
It is true that a considerable amount of burglaries have taken place via front doors and rear doors. But, there are these smart burglars who don’t prefer those main entrances; instead they approach through the sides of your house (depending on the structure of your house). So, it is an obvious requirement for you to have a couple of cameras installed on the sides of the house. It can be an exit or a window of the kitchen, a window of the living room or a window from the living room. Depending on the style of the house, you should be able to identify the vulnerable entryways and cover those spots with security cameras. It is exceptionally important for you to reduce all the risks and leave no margin for error.
Apart from that, if you have a separate storeroom, garage or any other vulnerable area, be sure to place cameras to cover them as you never know what form of surprises are ready to take place.
What should be done after picking the spots you should cover?
Now that you have identified the prominent locations to place your security cameras, you will need to move ahead with the rest of the steps. Selecting the right type of security camera is the next important thing of the overall process. Thanks to the immense competition in the market, there are various security camera systems with different features for you to select. On the other hand, distinguishing the best matching security camera from this large range of product can be a challenging task. Bullet style cameras, infrared, day/night, C-mount, and dome cameras are some examples for the available models. Each and every model of these cameras has unique features so you should select the best style to match the purpose.
Here are some of the modern types of security cameras.
- Box Camera
- Dome Camera
- PTZ Camera
- Bullet Camera
- IP Camera
- Day/Night Camera
- Thermal (FLIR) Camera
- Wide Dynamic Camera
- Wireless IP Camera
Bullet style cameras, for instance, features a weather resistant casing. They usually can see up to 35 feet and a viewing angle of 700 degrees (which can vary from brand to brand). Night vision cameras are capable of giving you a vision even during day times. They are capable of providing a better vision up to 25 feet, but it can see further under better lighting conditions. Day, night cameras have ultra sensitive imaging chips in them to provide a better image quality even during very low light conditions. Dome cameras are generally sturdy enough to withstand heavy hits.
Unlike earlier stages of the evolution of the security cameras, color resolution has become a key factor of modern security cameras. In general, black and white cameras are cost effective. They are capable of seeing places even with bad lighting conditions. However, color resolution cameras are capable of providing a detailed image which is better than black and white ones. Experts always recommend going for color cameras if the budget permits.
With the development of the technology, security cameras feature different types of connectivity; hard-wire cameras, wireless and IP cameras. Wireless cameras feature additional portability and they are relatively easier to install compared to hard wired cameras. Modern camera systems are observable over the internet, no matter where you are. These systems are sophisticated enough to notify you whenever something strange is captured on the cameras, thanks to the developments of the information and communication technology.
What else to consider
Selecting the best matching security camera system for your residence should be done with a very good understanding. If you are unable to install the security camera system by yourself (well, most of us fall in that category), you should consult a professional security system service provider. There are plenty of service providers in the market, but you must be wise enough to pick a vendor that has good experience and reputation.
Despite the advancements of the security systems you have installed, it is always important to stick to the old basics when you have to go away for a while leaving nobody at home; ask your neighbors to have a timely look at your house. Give them your contact numbers and ask them to contact you if anything strange notified. Before you leave the house, always double check and see if the system works perfectly.