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Where Are the Best Places to Put Security Cameras?

Posted: October 01, 2019

Whether you’ve just opened the box of your new home security cameras or are considering the investment, there are a few things you oughta know to get the best performance and coverage from your cameras.

You know that security cameras offer additional security and, ultimately, peace of mind. But finding the right placement could be the difference between stopping a thief or letting them get away with your valuables.

Here are 3 security cam placement tips to maximize use and effectiveness for your family.

In this article, we’re going to cover the following:

  1. The Best Places to Put Your Security Cameras.

  2. Things to Consider with Security Camera Placement

  3. Camera Placement and Privacy Laws

Best Security Camera Placement Quick Notes: Place your cameras in high, out of reach places that cover your home’s major entry points like front doors, back and side doors as well as windows. Your interior cameras should give you another layer to those points of vulnerability and keep eyes on your valuables in key places like bedrooms, entertainment rooms, and offices.

#1. The best places to put your security cameras.

Security cameras only work when positioned for maximum coverage. Follow these tips to make sure you find the best placement for your in and outdoor security cameras.


Outdoor Security Camera Placement Tips

Outdoor camera placement 

Install Your Outdoor Camera at the Front Door - Risk Level - High

Did you know that 34 percent of burglars walk right through your front door? 

This is the most vulnerable area in your home, so you’re going to want eyes on it. Place your outdoor cam near the main entrance and high enough so that it is out of reach. This is your top priority when it comes to outdoor camera placement.

Be sure to double-check your app to make sure the angle is right for capturing crime.

Place your CCTV Cameras Near Side and Back Doors - Risk Level - Medium

Your front door isn’t the only one that needs protecting. 22 percent of home invaders gain entry through either the back or side doors. By placing a camera near each door entry point where it can’t be tampered with, you’re creating a thorough line of video surveillance and protection.

Locate Home Security Cameras Facing Windows - Risk Level - Medium

The last point of entry you’re going to want to watch is your windows. Window break-ins account for roughly 23 percent of all home invasions. More often than not, these types of break-ins occur in the back of the home or other less visible areas. 

Direct your cameras to focus on areas that are not visible from the street to help prevent a crime of convenience.

If you place your surveillance cameras to cover the front door, back doors as well as your hidden windows... you could help yourself prevent 80 percent of break-ins.

Check out how security cameras help prevent break-ins: The Role Of Surveillance Cameras In Reducing Crime

Indoor camera placement

The Best Indoor CCTV Camera Placement

Security Cameras Should Cover Your Points of Entry

You know those 3 points of entry we talked about in section one? Yeah, you’re going to watch those from the inside as well. If a burglar gains entry, it’s going to get you the best chance to get an ID. Mount your camera at a high vantage point with a downward-facing angle to get a clear view of the entire area.

Know Where the Money’s at. Keep a Camera on Your Valuables.

Bedrooms, computer rooms, entertainment rooms… you know where you keep your valuables. There’s also a chance that a thief has a pretty good guess as well. Place your cameras to be in view of what matters most to you.

These are the most commonly stolen items according to the FBI

  • Cash

  • Jewelry or watches

  • Clothing/Furs

  • Motor vehicles 

  • Computer Equipment 

#2 Things to Consider When Placing Your Home Security Camera

The Optimum Height for Your CCTV Camera

To avoid leaving areas uncovered, mount cameras high and from areas that offer a wide view. Typically, this means mounting near the ceiling, in corners, and on top of cabinets to avoid any undetected spots. 

Double-Check Your Camera Placement with the ADT Pulse App

Before you set it and forget it, double-check your security camera placement with the ADT Pulse(r) App. Make sure there are no obstructions to your view and that your angle is wide enough to cover your home’s vulnerabilities.

Test your footage and move the camera around until you’ve found the perfect spot.

Watch Out for Detached Structures and Driveways

You want to protect your home, but don’t forget about the expensive items you leave outside the home.

This includes cars, bikes, tools and other valuables in a driveway, detached garage or shed. Some thieves target these detached structures as a quick-and-easy score, so make sure are providing coverage in those areas. Point a camera at your driveway to capture any vehicle vandalism or theft.



Don’t forget the Video Doorbell Camera!

ADT Video Doorbell is a great front door cameraProtect Your Home's doorbell is a great front door security camera. It can catch the video of anyone coming to your front door. They’re also useful deterrents for porch pirates or pranksters knocking on your door.

Worried about package theft? Here are our tips to help you combat it.

#3 Security Camera Placement Laws

With the rise in popularity of outdoor security cams, the disputes between camera owners and their neighbors have raised privacy concerns

The legality of a security camera depends on what it’s used for, what it’s capturing and what’s being done with the video footage.

We're not lawyers and this isn't advice, but here are some benchmarks to avoid trouble...

In the following scenarios, you can have security cameras pointed at your house legally:

  1. Your camera is  capturing a broad area

  2. The Footage is in lawful use

You can't legally have security cameras pointed at a house if…

  1. Security cameras point at an area where a person would have expectations of privacy

  2. The video captured by a security camera is misused

Legality varies from state-to-state, so be sure to do your research before installing your security camera. 

Every Home is Different, and so are the Camera Placements

At the end of the day, your home is unique. A complete assessment of your home’s defenses can help you determine your weak areas. Consulting a Protect Your Home Expert can help you identify which areas of your home need what coverage.

Our security experts will perform a full risk assessment of your home before installing any security equipment, so you know you’re getting the coverage and security you need. ADT-monitored home security cameras make a great addition to your security system and can be monitored via live streaming with the Pulse app.

Contact the Protect Your Home security experts today!