In the USA, almost seventy percent of all burglaries are residential. Using security cameras become essential after learning about a statistic like that, but it is even more necessary to know where to place them for optimum visibility and minimum loss off budget. Your security cameras may not protect you very well in case of a home invasion if it’s placed in wrong places. Security cameras can help immensely in the case of home invaders, but only if properly placed and protected. If it is easy for the burglars to simply disable the cameras, then it is probably not placed well enough to protect you and your estates. In this article, we discuss how to make sure you get maximum security from every camera that you buy for this express purpose.
Best places to put cameras in
There are two critical questions to answer if you want the most out of your home security options. The first is where you think you will need security cameras, and the second is to determine what you think are the most vulnerable places in your estate. At the end of the day, the one that knows your house best is you, not any online consultancy, but there are some common places that are usually broken into by home invaders, as these places seem to be the most vulnerable. Below is a list of places that are traditional targets for most home invaders and thieves.
Almost 81 percent of all home invaders enter the home through the first floor, so it is vital to put cameras there. The front door is one of the places a thief may enter the home from so it’s the first place that should have a security camera attached to it. Besides obvious security benefits, the camera on the first floor also lets you see who are at the gates before opening them, decreasing risk further.
The basements of most typical American households are also great entrances for home invaders as they may have a crawl space or at least a window for a thief to crawl through, so it’s a good idea to have a camera with the view of basement stairs.
Other places in the house that need to be secured are the back door and the first floor windows which need cameras. When placing the camera, it is recommended to place said camera above the frame of the door or window. This way the camera can have a greater range of visibility.
Calculating the angles
The type of security camera dictates where you should put them. There are two types, one that does not rotate and one that does. Among the non-rotating variant, there are two classes. One is cameras that only have up to 75 degrees of focus range. These cameras need to be set up in such a way that it is aimed at specific areas of the house that need constant monitoring. Another variant is the wide angle camera that has a focus range of 75 to 180 degrees, which can be placed in the corners of the house with no obstruction of view. If your camera can rotate, it will have an even larger viewing range but less focus on a single spot. These cameras can have a focus range of up to 300 degrees, so use them in the middle of the room that needs a near 360 degree viewing availability.
There is also a major issue that many owners of security cameras ignore. The issue is lighting. Many house owners install non night vision security cameras and expect the camera to pick up features of the criminal trying to break in even in a low light setting. It is critical for the house owner to place a source of lighting close to the cameras for the cameras to have proper field of vision. Unless the home owner buys night vision security cameras, it will be impossible to pick up criminals facial features with the camera unless there is lighting available for it to exploit.
There is also the matter of many home owners thinking to put the cameras on the highest point possible to get maximum view. This can be disastrous as bigger picture means less detail of a criminals features. Unless you have a very wide angle camera, it is best to place them moderately close to the focus zone, so that it can pick up the footage clearly, without it being grainy.
Safety for the security cameras
The security cameras are technological appliances that can be broken, burnt up or even hacked. You must protect you security camera from these shortcomings if you want to have a safe house. The security camera must be kept at a difficult place for the home invaders to go and get it. It also must be at a place that won’t bust the security camera up with a fire or water hazard nearby, so placing them away from said hazards is a priority. It should also be noted that a lot of the modern day cameras have access to the internet or WiFi to make things easier for the consumer to control and record footage, meaning these cameras can be vulnerable to a cyber-attack from a dastardly hacker. In such a case, the security camera must be protected with a proper firewall and anti-virus.
For more safety, and not just for the security cameras, it is best to place sound or touch sensitive alarms. This way your security cameras are not compromised and they can do their job uninterrupted if they are protected by alarms. The alarms also protect your house from burglars so it is generally thought to be a good idea to have alarms in place.
Security cameras are the backbone of home security, but if not placed right, they can be useless. Cameras must be put in their right places for your home to stay secure.