While CCTV systems have been a common part of commercial security for a long time, they are a relatively new addition when it comes to home security systems. And if you live in a big city, like Melbourne, you know how important home security can be.
Home security cameras are a powerful deterrent when it comes to warding off potential intruders. They also allow you check in on your property at any time. You can access the real-time security footage from your cameras from any computer or smartphone. With this technology, you can check up on the kids or pets when you’re not home, keep an eye on tradespeople or deliveries and record any suspicious activities in or around your home.
Cameras can even be set up with night vision and motion detection functionality complete with email or text notifications when your cameras detect movement.
If you’re considering a CCTV security system installation, one of the most important considerations will be where to place the cameras. Ideally, you’ll want your cameras to cover the weakest security points around your home as well as those areas you want to keep an eye on for the sake of safety (like swimming pools).
Below, you’ll find 6 tips for home security camera placement. These should help you set up your home CCTV system or help you decide if home security cameras are right for you.
- Areas of previous break-ins
If your home has been subject to previous break-ins or break-in attempts, you’ll want to make note of where the intruders entered (or tried to enter) the house. This may indicate some of the vulnerable security points around your home. Visibly placing security cameras near these points should help to discourage future break-in attempts as well as strengthening the weak points in your security perimeter.
- Main access points
You’ll want your security cameras covering all the main access points to your home. These include front and back doors, front and side gates, and easily accessible windows. These are often some of the most vulnerable security points around the home. Covering these areas also means that you can use your security cameras to see who’s at your front door or gate, as well as keep an eye on who’s coming and going on your property. This could mean monitoring tradespeople and delivery people or checking up on what time your kids arrive home.
- Off-street or hidden areas
Often, the ideal access points for intruders are those forgotten off-street windows around the back or side of the house. Hidden or off-street areas around the house may not be as easy for intruders to access, but if they are hidden it means the intruder will have more time to break in without being seen. Ensuring your security system covers these areas will further reduce the likelihood of a break-in.
- Potential danger areas
One of the added benefits of home CCTV systems is that they are not just about security. They can also be a valuable safety system around the home. For example, situating security cameras in potential danger areas around the home, like swimming pools or front yards, means you can keep an eye on the kids playing in these areas from anywhere in the house via your smartphone or tablet.
- Garage or shed
There are two main benefits to monitoring your garage or shed. Firstly, if these outbuildings provide an access route into your home, they could provide an easy access point for a burglar to break in. Secondly, even if an intruder doesn’t break into your home, sheds and garages often contain valuables worth stealing, like cars, bikes and power tools. Installing a camera in your garage or shed provides the double protection of securing valuables and monitoring another potential entry point to your home.
Finally, there are plenty of good reasons to install security cameras inside your home. You should never underestimate the ingeniousness of criminals. If they manage to find a way to break in that circumvents your external cameras, then the internal cameras will pick them up.
Internal cameras can also be used to monitor tradespeople and other visitors in your home while you’re not there. You can also check up on pets or children while you’re not home.
You could even consider getting wireless security cameras, as these can be moved anywhere around the house, meaning you can monitor whatever you consider to be the most important areas at any particular time.
Security System Installation
When it comes down to it, home security cameras are a brilliant addition to any home security system. However, the value of the cameras will only be as good as your security system installation. Before investing in any system, make sure you talk to a home security expert. They will be able to provide a full security audit and help you determine your most vulnerable security points around the home and design a system that will keep your family and your property safe.