Do You Know Where to Install Your Home Security Cameras?
A home burglary is an event typically thought to take place when everyone is away and the house is empty. The reality is that three out of every ten break-ins occur when someone is in the home. Surveillance systems are useful tools for thwarting a robbery while you’re home, as they provide viewable coverage of the area around your house and give you the opportunity to react.
However, these systems are not rated equally. Where the surveillance cameras are installed has a real impact on the overall level of security a system delivers. Learn where to position your security cameras to keep your home more secure and most importantly, give yourself greater peace of mind that your family is safe.
Rear Windows and Doors
Criminals have one clear goal: to get in and out without being detected in as little time as possible. For many houses, rear windows and doors are the perfect places for burglars to enter. Make sure you have eyes in the rear of your home at all times by installing a camera in this area.
To aid in the overall effectiveness of these cameras, stay on top of your landscaping. Overgrown shrubs and bushes may block the view of the camera, so even if you’re monitoring the footage, you won’t have a clear view. Overgrown landscaping also creates coverage for a burglar, which will only make it easier for them to hide and attack.
Garages are not just for cars anymore. Homeowners store everything from lawn equipment to extensive tool collections to fully-equipped home gyms, which are all expensive. Some people also leave their keys in the cars or the door that leads inside their house unlocked, which gives a thief uninhibited access to a home. A camera that monitors the garage is essential to home safety due to the high-value items in the garage and the convenient access it allows to the inside of your home.
An experienced criminal can gain access to a garage by overriding the control panel or using a maneuver to deactivate the door’s emergency release lever, so the ideal placement of the camera is in an area that offers coverage of the control panel and the full door.
While burglars generally look for entry points that offer undetected access to a home, there are some people brazen enough to enter right through the front door. In fact, 34% of all home burglars come in a house through the front door. It’s vital that you have a camera in this area so that you can respond quickly to any imminent threat.
If you have a light installed in the outside entryway, be especially mindful of the placement of the camera regarding its proximity to the light fixture. Avoid positioning the camera directly across from the light, as the light will create a glare that makes it challenging to see the images captured by the camera.
An experienced criminal may be able to see that the light is blocking the camera and use this information as motivation to strike. Install a low-emitting light or place the camera below the light source to make sure you can see what’s going on at your front door.
Make certain you’re considering each of these locations when installing your surveillance system. The ability to recognize an intruder can help you quickly alert the authorities and protect your family.
For even greater confidence, partner with a professional. A professional security company will look over your home to determine the ideal locations for your cameras. Contact us at A Tech to learn more about your home security options.