Home security cameras are incredibly useful for two reasons: it’s a deterrent against break-ins and it helps authorities identify the criminals responsible, so that you can improve your chances of recovering your possessions. With some understanding of your property, you can keep an eye on your home and make it a safe place for you and your family.
To make the best use of your camera’s, ask yourself these questions:
- Where is my home most vulnerable to break-ins?
- Does the placement of cameras make them out of reach from vandalism?
- Can an intruder see the camera and will the camera capture a clear image of the intruder?
People who work in the security field will know the answers to these questions, but if you don’t, read on to learn more. The 3 main principles of camera placement include:
Make sure to surveil the front and back doors
The thieves who are looking to break into your home will almost always try the front door first before attempting other ways of entrance because they avoid arousing suspicion from the neighbours and reduce the amount of time spent on your property, which means that the chances they’ll run into you while you’re coming home or a neighbour passing by is lessened.
Tip: always lock your doors and do not leave spare keys around the entrance.
Focus on entrances hidden from the view off the street
High fences and bushes are great for providing privacy but they also shield thieves from being seen. Installing a camera is one of your best options to balance the threat. Because these parts of homes tend to be poorly lit at night, it’s optimal to install motion sensing floodlights or a camera with night vision.
Keeping Cameras out of Arm’s Reach
It’s important to position your camera so that it’s well out of arm’s reach, which for the most part means attaching it to higher places. In addition, a good vantage point means that you will be able to get a good shot of everyone who comes near your home. Affixing the camera to an eavestrough is a good idea, as long as it’s safe from runoff water and neighbourhood animals.
After installing cameras on the premise of your home, you can also monitor your property using software that streams the image to a preferred device. To find out more, talk to one of our associates today.