It’s usually a good idea to keep an eye on the outside perimeter of your home. Even though you often find the most precious cargo inside your humble abode—perhaps lounging on the couch or microwaving some popcorn—there are important items that need protecting outdoors. Try integrating outdoor security cameras into your home security system to help keep eyes on what’s outside.
Outdoor security cameras offer the following benefits:
- Intruder deterrence: Outdoor security cameras can be very helpful in deterring burglars. Intruders tend to steer clear of a chance to make a security camera cameo.
Evidence: Camera footage is useful if you need to prove that a crime has occurred. Whether your footage debuts in court or simply functions to verify an insurance claim, it is a helpful piece of proof.
- Package protection (link to how to prevent package theft blog when it goes live): Package theft is a real issue these days. In 2017, 11 million homeowners had a package stolen from their homesM. Outdoor security cameras are helpful in determining if packages have been stolen and may even play an instrumental role in retrieving refunds. Also security camera footage occasionally picks up mishandling by delivery services.
- Additional home security: Every layer of home security you add to your security system is a protection bonus. Your outdoor security cameras can work in tandem with your security system to help protect what matters the most.
- Remote protection: Often, homeowners cite vacation or traveling spouses as a security concern. It’s tough to know your home is protected when you can’t be there. Outdoor security cameras offer that extra level of assurance knowing you can keep an eye on things when you’re away.
- Keep watch: Family commitments can be hectic—getting kids off the bus, running back and forth top practices, balancing work with school activities. With all of this coming and going, it’s reassuring to know that you can take a quick look through your outdoor security camera to make sure all is well.
- Helps to protect outdoor possessions: Cars left in driveways and outdoor storage sheds are a prime target for someone looking to make a quick swipe. Sheds often contain expensive grills or high-priced outdoor recreational equipment. An outdoor security camera can act as a good deterrent or help you with insurance claims if those items go missing.
- Determine weak spots in security: A quick peek at your security footage might reveal that a particular area around your home is targeted. For example, if things frequently go missing from an outdoor shed, it might be time to add lighting around that area to help prevent future issues.
When evaluating security camera benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Outdoor security camera considerations
Security cameras come in all shapes and sizes. Indoor cameras differ greatly from outdoor security cameras. Here are a few things to think about when evaluating security camera benefits:
- Weather-resistance: Outdoor security cameras need to be hearty and able to weather, well, the weather. A good outdoor security camera is resistant to water penetration and condensation and can withstand both high and low temperatures.
- Power supply: Consider how your outdoor camera will get its power supply. Will you need a direct power supply or will it run on batteries?
- Ability to integrate: What capabilities does the camera have for integration? Can it be connected with ADT Pulse or your existing security system? Make sure the camera you choose has the options you need.
- Recording capabilities: Will your outdoor security camera constantly record or does it just stream a live feed? How much footage is it capable of capturing in a single instance?
- Wired vs. wireless: Will your outdoor security camera be wired or wireless? A wired camera requires hardware to function. Wireless cameras require an internet connection. Wired cameras provide a more reliable feed and are generally seen as more secure because they can’t be hacked. But, they are limited because you must run the necessary cables for it to function, possibly leaving those cable exposed for tampering. Wireless cameras are subject to signal complications and internet outages, but they are more flexible when positioning and don’t require additional hardware.
Once you have chosen your camera, you will need to think about your placement options.
Outdoor security camera placement tips
When mounting an outdoor security camera, think hard about functionality and practicality. Consider what you are trying to monitor and approach placement from that point of view. Here are some tips:
- Use your four corners: Place a camera at each of your four corners and make sure there is an unobstructed view of the entire perimeter of your home.
- Focus on points of entry: One of the main security camera benefits you get from outdoor cameras is the ability to see who is coming and going. Make sure your outdoor cameras have an unimpeded view of the areas your family is most likely to use.
- Go for height: Mount your outdoor security cameras high. Security cameras act as a deterrent because criminals don’t want to be caught in the act. Putting the cameras out of reach will help avoid tampering.
- Point at what you want to protect: This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it needs to be said. Make sure your outdoor security camera can see what you are trying to protect. If you are worried about someone breaking into your car, point your camera at your car. If your shed is a point of concern, make sure your camera has a clear view. Also, perform regular assessments to remove any foliage that might obstruct the view.
Choose wisely and you can make the most of your outdoor security camera.