Whether your neighborhood has suffered a rash of burglaries or if some bored teens have been going around egging and toilet-papering houses, it’s always a good idea to have a home security system. Even if your property remains safe, it’s better to have a security camera system and not need it than to need it and not have it.

 

Thanks to recent technological advances like wireless and infrared security cameras, it’s easy to take a do-it-yourself approach to home security. However, even if it’s easy and affordable to set up your home security camera system, there’s one important question that you need to answer: where exactly do you put all these cameras you just bought?

 

Main Entrances

 

When it comes to burglary statistics, the most common routes of entry have always been the front door, the back door, and any side doors. This means that even if you only have one or two cameras at your disposal you need to ensure they’re positioned to get a clear shot of the main entrances to your home.


There are two main schools of thought when it comes to covering your entrances. Some say that the best deterrent is an obvious camera placed in plain sight; others say that one high up out of reach in the eaves is better, as many would-be burglars often just try to break a camera that’s positioned in easy reach. For the best of both worlds, you can install a fake, or “dummy” camera in an obvious place and have the real one in a more unobtrusive location aimed at your front door if not on all doors.

 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

 

If you have entry points like windows positioned in such a way that it’s hard to see them from the street, this is another excellent place to put a camera. Burglars like to avoid prying eyes, so if they can find an out-of-the-way entry point like a side window or even the entrance to a cellar or basement, it’s a very tempting target – and a good choice for a camera.


Additionally, the back yard is another hot point for burglars, especially if you have lots of expensive toys stored back there. If you have a gate or fencing that separates the front from the back, this is an excellent place to monitor. You may need day/night vision or infrared cameras if your backyard is particularly dark; however, you can obviate the need for these cameras if you decide to install motion-activated floodlights in your back yard to shed some light on the subject.


Finally, don’t forget about possibly adding a camera or two inside your home, especially in stairwells that have access to the outside. You can even add a hidden “nanny cam” or two in the living room to keep an eye on things when you’re away, especially if you get an Internet-enabled one.