Surveillance systems are an integral part of many NJ home security systems and prevent many unwanted occurrences, such as burglary, vandalism, and break-ins. A well-placed camera can provide deterrence as well as identify a perpetrator should they attempt to break in to the premises. But for security camera systems to be effective, they must be placed properly—and that is not a DYI project.
While camera placement may seem like an obvious process, it is actually very technical and requires a phenomenal amount of considerations. Here are just a few of the things home security professionals take into consideration when installing a home monitoring system.
- Cameras must be accessible for maintenance.
- Outdoor camera sites must be secure and have protection from wind, rain, and sun.
- The location must be stable, with minimal camera shake.
- Camera angles should avoid direct light sources to eliminate camera glare.
- Camera site should provide the widest field of view.
- Cameras should be placed keeping the identification of perpetrators in mind.
- Surveillance camera placement should coincide with crime statistics regarding break-ins.
- Both overt and covert cameras should be considered as part of an effective system.
Best Places for Security Camera Placement
The Front Door
You might think that burglars would avoid the front door. After all, it is often in plain view. Crime statistics show that it is actually the first choice among criminals and 34% of burglars gain access through the front door. Two options for front door coverage include outside front door placement and an indoor camera that covers the front entry.
First floor Windows
First floor windows are another very popular place for burglars to gain entrance, with 23% choosing this point of access. Back windows are usually the most preferred option among first floor window entrances. First floor windows on the back of the house provide easy access, cover, and the benefit of an easy escape. This makes camera coverage for the back of the home and backyard especially important.
Without the problem of street traffic or watching neighbors, the back door provides the cover 22% of burglars need to gain access.
The garage is another ideal place for security camera placement. The garage often houses important valuables, but more importantly, in many cases it also provides access to the interior of the home. Garage doors are amazingly vulnerable and should never be considered enough deterrence or enough protection.
Security cameras are a powerful deterrence in crime. Make sure yours do the job well by having them expertly placed and installed by professionals.
About Complete Security Systems
We are one of the largest independently owned, full service security and fire alarm companies in New Jersey. CSS was awarded dealer of the year in 2015 by NJ Electronic Security Association (NJESA) – the only alarm company in NJ that has received that award three times: 2003, 2013, and in 2015. Our customer service combined with innovative technology give CSS the flexibility and versatility to respond to your specific needs quickly, while still giving you the kind of personal service that is so important when dealing with your security concerns.