Security Camera Placement – How to Do it Right


If you want to keep your home or business safe you may have looked into installing a security camera. Based on a recent study, most burglars or vandals are deterred by the sight of a camera. Chances are you have also wondered where to put it in order to maximize its effectiveness. After all, catching thieves and criminals can only be done when your camera is in the right location. Here are some tips regarding home security camera placement so you can know where to install your home security cameras to get full protection.

A decision to install CCTV systems is an investment for a longer period of time. Unlike in manufacturing plants, factories or public buildings, the installation in a house or apartment must be discreet and not spoil the architecture of the building. Of course, as in the case of any security system, the primary criterion should be the effectiveness of protection. Therefore, when faced with the choice of installation, the user should be the first to determine what form of monitoring will meet his requirements.

A professional CCTV system must be based on a solid analysis of the client’s needs included in a technically well thought-out project. The choice between analog and digital IP technology determines the next steps: From the choice of cabling, through power supply to the decision on how to record.

Analog cameras and IP cameras

Generally, cameras used in CCTV systems can be divided into two types: IP cameras and analog cameras. Generally, in terms of brightness, IP cameras outperform analog cameras in practically every area.  There are, however, some special applications, in which the use of analog cameras is recommended, e.g. working with very little light.

Location is everything

Common sense will tell you to prioritize protection at all potential entry points to the house that may be appealing to intruders. Think front door, back door, garage door, patio door, off-street windows, back yard gates, etc. These locations are statistically favored by burglars forbreak-ins. Make sure you provide sufficient light at these spots. Motion activated flood lights for the back and porch lights for the front of the house are recommended. That alone may turn off burglars, as they prefer to operate in the dark but it also provides light for the cameras.

Protection for the protection

When placing a camera install it high enough so that it cannot be knocked out by a burglar. Ideally you want to place it at second floor level or even in the eves of your house and point it directly at the door or window. But make sure it is not so high that the picture quality is impacted negatively. If you have a one-story building consider protecting the security camera with a mesh wire cage so that it cannot be tampered with.

Quality – a crucial factor

Generally it is recommended to invest in a high-quality security camera. After all, a decent resolution is needed to accurately describe the features of the perpetrators or pick up their license plates. If you have not yet selected the perfect camera for your needs, check out sites such as www.ip-kamera-test.netwhere a variety of cameras are introduced and tested.

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