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Setting Up Your Home Security System

Security Camera Planning & Positioning

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Setting Up Your Home Security System

You’ve decided to help protect your property with a security camera system, but how do you know what system you need? This article will help to answer the question, 'how many security cameras do I need?' and 'where should I install them?'

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How many security cameras do I need?

By identifying essential areas in need of protection, you can figure out the minimum number of security cameras needed to keep you and your family safe. Depending on your level of comfort, you may wish to use more than the minimum amount, or invest in an HD security camera system for enhanced detail in your security footage.

Securing points of entry

Securing points of entry

Any windows, doorways or other means by which an intruder could gain access to your home. If outside, place the camera high enough that potential intruders cannot tamper with it. First-floor windows that are not facing the street and the back door to your house are favorite targets for burglars.

Protecting objects of value with a security system

Protecting objects of value

Be sure to provide coverage to any object that might attract the attention of a burglar. Areas that contain expensive items such as garages or sheds are good examples. Objects of high importance (like a safe or jewelry) may merit having a backup security camera in case one is tampered with.

Monitoring the outside of your home with a security camera system

Monitoring outside your home

Use outdoor security cameras to cover points of entry from the outside. Consider a security camera with a wide angle lens to monitor yards and the streets. Obviously placed security cameras combined with very discretely placed cameras may help deter, or catch potential burglars.

How should I position my security cameras

How should I position my security cameras?

When placing security cameras, you should always strive to get the most out of each position. The more monitoring tasks you can accomplish with a single security camera, the better. Here are some helpful hints to guide your installation.

Security cameras for multiple entries

Multiple Entries

For instance, a single security camera may be used to monitor an entranceway as well as several windows.

Easy to install security cameras

Easy Installation

Save time and effort installing multiple security cameras in one area by minimizing the amount of drilling.

Security camera positioning for different lighting scenarios

Lighting Conditions

When positioning be conscious of excessive daylight, or bright night lighting, as this can "wash out" your footage.

Deterring intruders with security camera systems

How can I further deter intruders?

Positioning security cameras outside of your home is a major deterrent that can dissuade even the most determined burglars. If you are mostly concerned with indoor security monitoring it might still be a good idea to consider placing some security cameras outside your home, in plain view of passers by.

Posting a warning sign in your window or doorway stating that the premises are under surveillance is also an effective way to deter intruders.

Sheltering security cameras from the elements

Under Shelter

Keeping security cameras sheltered will help protect the lens from being obstructed by rain, snow, ice, and dust.

Installing security cameras out of reach of burglars

Out of Reach

The security camera will capture a greater amount of its surroundings, while staying out of the reach of intruders.

Security systems for monitoring detached buildings

Monitor detached buildings

Consider a wireless security camera for detached buildings (such as a shed) to extend the coverage of your system.


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