Safety conscious homeowners always appreciated home security cameras. Today’s connected cameras allow you to connect to your security monitoring service. To make the best use of your security monitoring, you want to hide your cameras to prevent thieves from avoiding or disabling the camera. Try these tips to hide security cameras inside and outside.
First, consider how many security cameras you need. We previously noted that:
“Security cameras should be placed at all entry points and exits in the home. As we’ve mentioned previously on our blog, over 34% of break-ins occur at the front door, and other notable locations include back doors, side doors and windows, and garages.”
The number of cameras a family needs will differ depending on their home. If you have in-depth questions regarding the number of devices you need, consult with a security company for further guidance.
Hide Your Camera in Plain Sight
Sometimes you can disguise cameras within boring, bland everyday objects. This approach may work indoors or outdoors.
You can also get creative and incorporate cameras within inexpensive decorative items. Be careful not to use an object that stands out too much as fake. Also, don’t hide a camera within something that looks like an object of value unless you want to “plant” a camera on the thief!
Inside, security cameras may be disguised as:
- Smoke alarms
- Toys and stuffed animals
- Small electronics gadgets
- Light switch plate
- A mirrored tissue paper box or other shiny desk accessories
In the yard, disguise your security camera within:
- Fake rocks
- Birdhouses or bird feeders
- Lawn gnomes (careful, some people like to steal these!)
The options are endless if you are looking for inspiration and a chuckle check out Popular Mechanics list of seven strange ways to hide a camera.
Let Your Home Security Camera Blend Within Common Objects
Choose subtle places to hide your camera without disguising it. For example, you can hide a small camera within the branches of a lush house plant. Bookshelves are also great places to hide a small camera as it may blend in within your books and knick-knacks.
A high, ceiling position is a great vantage point for your camera. Look for a subtle style that will blend in with your ceiling, windows, or molding. However, avoid placing your camera in a space that’s too high off the ground. This will make it difficult to capture clear images which can defeat the camera’s purpose. You should also avoid installing a camera too close to the ground. This can make it easy for a burglar or vandal to reach up and tamper with your device. Most experts suggest installing a security camera 8-10 feet from the ground. The camera may not be invisible, but it shouldn’t stand out either. Also, look for cameras designed to blend in or hide as it makes your job easier.
Finally, pay attention to hiding or camouflaging any wires. A wireless camera may be easier to hide, but depending on your system it may or may not be the best option. Since most systems rely on sensors, also make sure these are hidden as well as possible.
What About Visible Fake Security Cameras?
You may ask, why hide security cameras? Don’t some people use fake security cameras as a deterrent? We previously commented that false security cameras may create more problems as they often look fake and sometimes even cause legal issues. Real security cameras are not necessarily a deterrent, but a valuable tool for your security monitoring service and law enforcement.
A secure home, good lighting, and an alarm system are all effective deterrents. We encourage residents to place signs or stickers indicating a monitoring system on windows and other areas that thieves may notice.
Your camera system is only as valuable as your monitoring system. Hidden cameras on their own have limited value, but when paired with around-the-clock monitoring they are highly effective. Contact Protect America for a free quote for a monitored home security plan that meets your needs. When you join our family, you’re giving yourself the freedom to customize your security with the equipment you want. Because our systems are DIY, you don’t have to wait around for the installation guys to show. Instead, you get to control every aspect of your security with our guided self-installation.