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Strategic Placement of Surveillance Cameras


If you’re a fan of horror movies, you’ve already become familiar with some of the most common horror themes. Monsters will fall from the ceiling, ghosts will jump out around corners, and at least one blond-haired girl will run screaming through a dark, murky forest. However, another less well-known tactic used in horror films is to feature ghosts that only appear in photographs, or in security camera footage. The concept of seeing ghosts in security camera footage has spurned a cult phenomenon, with thousands of “ghosts” captured on film all over YouTube.

While you may not be capturing ghosts on your home security cameras, your focus should still be on capturing unwanted intruders. Burglars, thieves and other criminals may be deterred simply by the sight of a security camera, if it’s placed properly. More seasoned thieves may try to disable a camera, which makes proper placement even more important. Here are a few tips to help you to strategically place your home security cameras around the outside of your home.

Entry Points
The first-floor entry points of your home are one of the most vulnerable sections of your home. When installing your security cameras, be sure that they are placed so that they can easily view all of your entry points.

Parking Areas
In some cases, a burglar may attempt to break in to your vehicle, even if it’s parked close to your home. Place your surveillance cameras so that they can capture a wide angle view of the parking areas outside your home.

Back Yard
Many people mistakenly believe that the front of their home is always where an intruder will attempt to break in. While its true that the majority of burglars use front-of-the-house entry points, it’s still important to place cameras that can capture footage of your back yard.

Basement Access
Did you know that many people forget that basement access can be used by burglars to gain entry to a home? If you have outdoor basement access (such as a stairwell or access hatch), be sure that your security cameras are able to view all activity around that area.

Attached Garage Access
Many people mistakenly forget about the vulnerability of their attached garage as a potential entry point for burglars. If you have an attached garage, be sure that you have at least one security camera that has a clear view of your garage’s doors (interior or exterior).