If you’re thinking of installing CCTV cameras in or around your home, you may be wondering where to install the cameras around your home. CCTV cameras can act as a potential deterrent for intruders, as well as catch them in the act or provide evidence to catch burglars.
However, whilst choosing the right type of CCTV system is important, so is the placement of the equipment too. If you don’t position your CCTV equipment well, your system could be completely useless.
In this guide, we will provide top tips for camera placement as well as the factors to consider when choosing where to place your home CCTV cameras.
Where should you place your CCTV cameras?
As we have already mentioned, the placement of your home CCTV cameras is an important factor in their effectiveness and whether they protect your home from intruders.
The best positions for your cameras will depend on your home but there are a few universal tips you can follow to make sure your system is as effective as possible.
A key tip is to focus on the specific areas of interest to burglars. This includes the path leading up to your front and back door, the different ways people access the building and any blind spots. Some areas or locations may need more than one camera to capture everything.
Common weak points in your home include:
Statistics show that the majority of burglars will enter your home through the front of your property. 59% of burglars entered someone’s home at the front of the property. This is the most important security camera placement outside your home to help deter burglars from trying to gain access and to keep an eye on who is coming and going from outside your home.
Try and place your camera at second floor level to prevent it from being knocked out or vandalised so it’s not in use any more. If you can’t do this, you may want to consider a mesh wiring to protect it from being tampered with.
Back and side doors
33% of burglars access a home through a back entry way and 7% access a property at the side. Any entrance to your home is considered a vulnerability but back and side doors can be particularly prone to break in because they are often concealed from the street and out of sight from any neighbours or passing traffic.
In particular, glass patio and french doors can be particularly prone to break ins as intruders can break the glass to gain access. Make sure you have cameras trained on all the doors in your home to prevent them from gaining access in the most vulnerable places.
According to the Metropolitan Police, burglars often target windows because they offer easier access than doors. In addition, windows that do not face out onto a busy street or road may be even more attractive to potential intruders. Training CCTV cameras around the back of your property or in the same area as these windows can help to either catch burglars in the act or prevent them from trying to gain access in the first place.
It’s easy to overlook your garage but it can be a common access route for burglars. Your garage may be full of valuable equipment or contain an access door to your home so it should be secured. Installing a camera and pointing it towards your driveway or garage area is the best way to pick up suspicious activity.
Your garden can often be the home of expensive gardening machinery or play equipment which make them inviting to burglars who may want to jump the fence and help themselves. It also provides access to your back door or patio door where they can try to gain access to your property without being observed or caught.
To keep your back garden more secure, you can place cameras either on the back of your house or elsewhere so you can keep an eye on your garden. You should also consider security lights that come on when they sense motion to act as a deterrent to intruders.
Installing a camera inside your home with the camera pointed at the doors or windows might not prevent a burglar from entering your home but it will record them once they’re inside, offering a full view of their face for easier identification.
What to consider when placing CCTV cameras
Alongside the most common or recommended areas for installing CCTV cameras, there are other factors to take into consideration to make sure your CCTV system meets your needs and keeps your home as secure as possible.
Past break ins
Has your home been the victim of a burglary before, either while you have lived there or previously? Research the history of your home by asking previous owners, tenants, landlords or neighbours whether there have ever been any break ins and where on the property they occurred. This will give you an indication of potential weak spots in your home and the areas that might need extra security.
Vulnerable areas of your home
Think about the most vulnerable or easiest to access parts of your home. Some of the vulnerable parts will be the same as on any other home, such as the front door, but you should think about your home and any areas that might be more susceptible to break-ins such as obscured windows and doors or dimly lit areas of your home.
Wherever you decide to install your CCTV cameras, you’ll need to make sure they’re concealed from the elements and the view will not be affected by any outside factors, such as vegetation growing and concealing the path of the cameras. It’s also important to make sure they won’t be affected by the glare of the sun as this can make the images they capture distorted and any intruder will not be identifiable.
Making sure the angle of your CCTV camera complements the placement is as important as where you place the cameras if you want your system to be as effective as possible. If you place cameras above windows or doors but do not angle them properly, you might not be able to see what’s going on. Don’t be afraid to make your cameras visible as it may help to put potential intruders off.
No matter where you put your cameras, you will also need lighting to monitor your home at night. If you do not have night vision CCTV cameras or infrared CCTV cameras, you will need to install enough lighting for the footage to be clear, even when it’s dark. Be aware that putting cameras too close to bright lights can disrupt the picture too so placement will need to be considered.
If you have your system installed by a professional CCTV company, they will be able to advise you on the correct placement and lighting to make sure you get the most from your system.
In addition, it’s important that your cameras are not pointed directly at the sun as this can cause glare and high contrast in the footage which will make it difficult to see what’s going on.
Check placement laws
Usually, installing CCTV cameras on your own property shouldn’t cause a problem in terms of the law. However, if you’re recording footage outside your own boundaries such as your neighbours property, or a public area, you will need to follow data protection and privacy laws which includes deleting footage on a regular basis and letting people know they’re being observed. You can find out more about these laws in our guide.
We hope you have found this information useful but, if you’d like to install a CCTV system for your home, please request a quote for your home.