5 Areas You Need to Cover During Your Security Camera Installation
Make Sure You’re Protecting Your Home’s Most Vulnerable Spaces
Before installing your security cameras, you need to know where exactly they should go. Every family has different needs, challenges, and priorities; your home surveillance should reflect that. However, there are a few best practices when it comes to areas to focus on during your security camera installation. In this blog, we'll highlight some of those including common entry points, driveways, and even some indoor spaces.
No entry point is more vulnerable than your front door. Get peace of mind with a camera that keeps an eye on it all times and alerts you whenever someone approaches. Use these not only for security purposes but also for convenience when you're expecting guests.
There are two types of security camera installations to consider here. If security is your primary purpose, we recommend installing one at the second level or in the eves of the house, so it is hard to tamper with. Are you looking for a way to keep better track of who's coming and going? Let us add a doorbell camera that allows for better 2-way communication.
Back doors are usually the second choice for burglars if the front door isn't open. Equip these with outdoor security cameras with night vision, glare protection, and zoom capabilities. You should keep these at a safe distance to avoid tampering or protect them behind mesh wiring. Make sure they’re facing downwards to capture facial images if you ever need to identify a suspect.
On many occasions, burglars will play it safe by targeting things outside the house. Costly lawn ornaments, bikes, and even dogs are frequent targets. Use two different camera positions if you have a gated backyard. One should go near your back-door camera but facing outwards to cover a wider area. Stick the other one directly on the fence and readily visible to dissuade any intruders.
As you can imagine, the most common outdoor target is your car. Despite what you might think, it's not often the car they're after. Thieves usually break the glass, grab whatever valuables they find inside and leave. Not only should you place cameras at the start and end of your driveway, but they should be visible just like the ones on your gate or fence. There are even some cameras with AI that will recognize when someone gets within a few inches of your car, start recording and send you an alert.
Hallways and Stairs
Outdoor cameras should be a priority, but there are also some useful indoor applications. Ramp up the security on your main entryways including basement stairs and your foyer hallway. Find out as soon as there’s unwanted activity with motion-detection cameras that send you an alert when activated. Only schedule them to monitor after hours to avoid notifications due to common day-to-day operation. Of course, these are also a great way to catch teens sneaking in (or out) after dark.
Other Parenting Uses
A few other security camera installation tips are useful for parents. Liquor cabinets, living rooms, and pools are all common areas you might want to keep tabs on. We hear a lot from families interested in nanny-cam type applications. Typically, we avoid hidden cameras since visible ones are a very effective deterrent for thieves. Having them out in the open will likely serve the same purpose with any employees (or kids).
Even if you cover all these main points, you can benefit from a one-on-one consultation to gauge any additional priorities or challenges. To schedule one, call us at (612) 851-8576 or chat with us on the bottom right of the screen.