Where to Install Outdoor Security Cameras

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Careful planning of your outdoor security camera placement is important to make sure your cameras are effective. Here are some guidelines for choosing placement of the cameras.

Outdoor Security Camera Placement

When you are planning your security camera place, walk the perimeter of your home and take note of what you can see from each potential security camera point. If there are obstructions to your view, those things are also going to obstruct the view of the security camera.

There are a few different placements and patterns that security professionals commonly use. Most security cameras have 90 to 180 degree visibility. Before selecting your security camera pattern, find out how many degrees of visibility your camera has.

Installation Height for Outdoor Security Cameras

Placing outdoor security cameras at least 10 feet high when possible will help prevent vandalism by burglars. Security cameras should be visible, because as studies show, a visible security camera does provide deterrence to crime in most cases.

When possible select a location that has some protection from harsh weather. Outdoor security cameras are designed to be resistant to weather conditions, but placing it in a location with additional protection from wind and rain will extend the life of the camera.

Security Camera by Front Door

Burglars most often enter homes the same way we enter them: through the front door. These statistics by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors show that 34% of burglars enter through the front door, while 23% enter through a first floor window, and 22% enter through the back door.

It’s important to place a camera by the front door as a general deterrent to criminals, and to capture all of the comings and goings at your front door. A front door camera will record package delivery, visitors babysitters, and any issues that might arise such as theft of a package.

If you have an L-shaped front exterior of your home, installing a camera with a 90 degree visibility in the inside corner of the L will sufficiently capture the front door.

Meanwhile, if you have a flat front exterior, you may choose to install two cameras back to back at the center of the wall to prevent any blind spots.

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Security Camera for Perimeter of Home

Once you have the front door placement, you’ll need to select positioning for the sides and back of your home.

Placing a camera on every corner of the home facing toward the adjacent camera will provide surveillance for the entire home. It will also be impossible for someone to vandalize one camera without having it captured on another camera.

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Alternatively, you can place two cameras on every wall of the home to ensure full visibility.

Security Camera Wiring and Wifi

Keep in mind that if you have a wired security camera system, you will need to drill a hole in the wall or have a professional installer do so. The placement will be restricted somewhat by wiring.

On the other hand, if your security system runs on Wifi, the number of cameras will impact your Wifi speed. Some families choose to purchase a separate modem just to handle the bandwidth of the security system.

Home Security Camera Installation

Palmer Electric has been keeping local businesses and homes safe since 1951. Our expert technicians provide outdoor security camera installation. We are happy to advise you on the most effective placement of each security camera. We also provide integrated, 24/7 security monitoring services.

Learn more about our security system installation services here. If you are looking for the best security system company to protect your loved ones or your business, contact us today or call us at (407) 646-8700 for a free quote.

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