Where is the best place to put security cameras?
Posted November 23rd, 2020 by natalie
When protecting your home, installing security cameras is the way forward, but you may find yourself stuck and second-guessing on where best to place them. That’s where we’re here to help.
Placing security cameras around the home
When deciding on where best to place a home security camera, you first should check the perimeters and where you think would really benefit from an extra level of security. For instance, do you store a lot of valuables in your garage? Or maybe, you have a work van parked on a driveway, that if stolen, would take thousands of pounds worth of tools along with it.
If you do have a work van, that can only be parked on a driveway, and it also has your livelihood stored in there, then a security camera positioned on the wall of your home - looking out onto the driveway - is paramount.
Also, if you have very expensive cars or even a collection, then security cameras for the driveway is a definite yes to not only give police helpful footage, but to deter thieves in the first place.
When you’re placing a camera outside, you’re going to need to make sure it’s protected against the elements. If you’re using a SimpliCam, you can protect it using one of our Outdoor Kits which you can find with our additional Sensors. The Outdoor Kit acts as a special coat of sorts to keep your camera safe from wind and rain. It also comes with a wire and bracket to fix it in place.
In the garage
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage to store valuables and vehicles in, as well as making sure it’s secure and locked, you should place security cameras inside and outside of them. Outside cameras are used to deter opportunistic thieves and inside ones can capture them and what they take if they manage to get in.
Placing them in and outside of garages is a good idea, as many potential burglars look out for garages because they can be separate to homes and are more distant.
In children’s rooms
Especially when you have a baby, toddler or young children, cameras are there to monitor and help you keep them safe. Not only can they be used to detect a break-in - working with alarm sensors - but they can also be used to monitor your children to look out for any signs of distress.
Living rooms, kitchens & hallways
A smart security system is a fantastic resource to have to reassure you or your family and to reinforce high security standards. Cameras can be placed discreetly in living rooms and kitchens. These rooms are so important when deciding where to place security cameras as thieves look for big televisions, expensive consoles, gadgets and car keys etc. here.
Kitchens often have patios and easy-to-access entryways for burglars, as this is where many people leave windows and doors open with car keys, wallets, handbags and other valuables on show.
The downstairs hallway near your front door has a lot of ‘traffic’ in the home, so this is a great place for indoor cameras. The front door is the most common way for a burglar to enter the home so it’s crucial for capturing evidence to help police catch the criminal(s). With SimpliSafe, the SimpliCam is crucial as it’s what the professional monitoring centre uses to visually verify an incident so they can then request police dispatch.
Out of reach
Of course, it should go without saying that wherever you place your cameras, you should make sure that they are not easy to cover or be tampered with. Keep them out of reach but not out of mind, as it’s important that they are visible to act as successful deterrents.