Where To Put Security Cameras In Your Home

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You’ve been researching, shopping, and finally, you have your home security cameras. Congratulations! But before you start installation, you should probably give a long think as to where to place your security cameras. Of course, you want to be able to capture any robberies, God forbid they happen. But you also don’t want to violate your neighbors’ privacy or even your family’s privacy. Here’s how to optimize the placement of security cameras in your home, whether they’re indoors or outdoors.

Best Places To Install Indoor Home Security Cameras

Installing the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
Installing the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

Ideally, burglars don’t get in your house, but if they do, you want to make sure you can capture them clearly for evidence. Here are the best places to install indoor security cameras in your home.

Living Room Or Kitchen

Living Room
Living Room

Put security cameras in any common spaces on the ground floor, like your living room, dining room or even kitchen. These rooms are hard to avoid, increasing the likelihood that you’ll be able to capture footage of burglars. It’s also useful to install security cameras in common spaces in case you want to speak to or see your kids remotely!

Main Hallway Or Stairs

Stairs
Stairs

Again, a main hallway or staircase is an area that the burglar most likely will have to pass through. Also, putting a camera on stairs is an easy way to track burglars throughout your house without having to put a security camera in your bedroom, as that brings up privacy issues (but more on this later).

Near Front Door

Front Door
Front Door

Burglars have to get in somehow, and it will most likely be through a door or window. Although it may seem too obvious, make sure your front door is covered by a smart security camera.

Tips For Installing Indoor Security Cameras

Open Window
Open Window

Now that you know where to install your indoor security cameras, I have a few guidelines for how to get the most out of each camera:

  • Corners: If you put your camera in a corner, then you’ll get the widest possible field of view, meaning you can buy fewer cameras and save some hard-earned dough.
  • Avoid windows or glass: Glass’s reflection can make your footage look washed out, so try to avoid pointing your camera towards any natural light source.
  • Keep power in check: If your camera is plug in, you should make sure that the cord is long enough to reach the outlet before you mount your camera. Also, if your camera has a hub, make sure your camera is within its range.

Best Places To Install Outdoor Home Security Cameras

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Nest Cam Outdoor Magnetic Mount

Installing outdoor security cameras can be a bit trickier. Of course, you want to cover your property without infringing on your neighbor’s spaces or getting too much of the street, as that could lead to unnecessary notifications. Here are the best places to install your outdoor security cameras.

Off-Street Windows

Side Or Back Windows
Side Or Back Windows

Most robbers enter through doors and windows, and if it’s the latter, they are most likely not going to be your front windows. Installing exterior cameras on your side or back windows will capture them in the act, despite their forward thinking ways.

Driveways

Driveway
Driveway

Although burglars are unlikely to park in your driveway, they might walk down it to enter your home, so it’s important not to forget about that area as well.

Garages

Garage
Garage

Your garage may have a ton of valuable items in it, like sports equipment, grills, lawn mowers, and of course, cars. Whether your garage is attached to your house or not, it’s important not to neglect this area.

Back And Side Doors

Back And Side Doors
Back And Side Doors

Similar to back and side windows, burglars will often enter homes through a door, although usually not the front door as to avoid being seen. Aside from making sure all of your doors are locked, you should also install outdoor cameras near them, ensuring that you capture any burglars.

Yard

Backyard
Backyard

Whether it’s catching burglars walking to your back or side windows or simply keeping an eye on your kids, the backyard is an area that you want to cover with outdoor security cameras.

Tips For Installing Outdoor Security Cameras

Home Security
Home Security

Installing outdoor security cameras can be a little tricky. There are many more factors at play, like light from the sun and protecting your camera from outside forces, like bird droppings or falling tree branches. Here are some best practices for installing your outdoor security cameras:

  • Avoid the sun: The sun can seriously mess up your camera’s video quality, especially if it doesn’t have HDR, so that’s something to keep in mind when you place your outdoor security camera.
  • Place camera up high: Your camera should be placed eight to ten feet off of the ground, out of reach from any burglars but still able to capture them.
  • Stay away from trees: Whether it’s falling branches, leaves, or even bird droppings, you don’t want to place your outdoor security camera anywhere where it can be covered by miscellaneous objects.

Worst Places To Install Home Security Cameras

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Installing the Scout Indoor Camera

Sure, security cameras are important to keep your home safe, but that doesn’t mean you should put them everywhere. In fact, there are a couple areas you should avoid completely, for both personal and legal reasons, depending on your state.

Bedrooms And Bathrooms

Bedroom
Bedroom

You might be tempted to put an indoor camera in a bedroom or a bathroom in order to monitor children or seniors, but there are better ways to do so without invading their privacy. Things like medical alert pendants, motion and entry sensors are good alternatives to keeping cameras in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Your Neighbor’s Property

Neighborhood
Neighborhood

Although laws differ from state to state, you want to try to avoid getting any of your neighbor’s property in your outdoor camera footage. Of course, make sure your camera can’t see into anyone else’s bedroom or bathroom, as that could be a major privacy issue.

Recap of Where To Put Security Cameras In Your Home

Hopefully, this article was helpful as to placing and installing your security cameras. If you still don’t have the cameras, check out the best home security cameras of 2019 for some options. Of course, I’m always available to give a personalized recommendation— simply leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you soon.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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