You’ve crossed off the most important step in your burglary prevention plan by purchasing a home security system. The next phase is placing your equipment in the most efficient places around the home. Where are the best places for security cameras? Are there any additional safety measures or details that you should consider?
Every home varies and has different vulnerability points. You could have less, you could have more, but there will be places in the home where you need to ensure that you are fully covered. We took a look at some of the more vulnerable places, and where security devices should be placed:
The Weak Spots
According to a report by InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), 81% of burglars enter through the first floor, 34% go through the front door, 23% enter through a first floor window, and 22% through a back door.
As we can see, the most vulnerable spot in the home is the front door, followed by the back door, followed by any door or window that is hidden from the view of the street. Burglars will target areas that they can access without having to worry about being seen or anyone interrupting them during their work. This may include a backyard gate, back door, or garage.
A basement with small window that allows access to a burglar is also vulnerable. Once inside the home, burglars will likely target master bedrooms or other locations where valuables are believed to be hidden. These should be protected as well.
Advice on Proper Placement
When placing outdoor cameras, make sure that they are waterproof, or they are placed underneath an awning, deck, or some form of shelter so that hazardous weather won’t interfere with security or damage equipment.
Indoor cameras should either be placed above the window — so they can look down on burglars in case they break-in — or on window seals to have have a view of the front yard.
Cameras should always be placed up high so they are out of the reach from burglars who may want to smash or damage equipment. Many burglars look for cameras upon entering a home so they can destroy them as they continue to ransack the house. The recommended height minimum is nine feet to avoid this.
Homeowners have different strategies on how and where to place their home security equipment. Some hide their cameras out of sight of burglars, but we believe that when burglars see cameras and a security system, they will be less likely to act, and more likely to move on to another home or be deterred altogether.
It’s important to make sure that home security equipment is advertised and you have signage that signals that you have alarms installed. This is another great line of defense that reminds would be criminals that they are embarking on a lofty task — trying to break-in a home with plenty of safeguards. Even the cast of Mission Impossible had some close calls when they attempted those sorts of feats.
Make sure to take note of lighting, in the home or outside. Don’t place cameras in a location where lights impede their view, like directly in the way of the sun.
Install cameras near a backyard or side gate that gives access to the home, or where expensive backyard valuables may be. This could be two cameras, one to watch the gate and one to watch the backyard, but make sure the cameras have night vision and install motion sensor lights as well.
Lastly, be sure that you aren’t accidentally aiming any of your security equipment onto the lawn or property of a neighbor. This is an invasion of their privacy, and they probably won’t be too happy about it.