10 Best Places to Put Home Security Cameras

The placement of your cameras is the most important aspect of home security. If you place the cameras in the incorrect places, it won’t matter which bells and whistles you have with security camera system.

In this blog post, I will discuss the 11 best places to put your home security cameras. Some of these places are obvious, and a few may surprise you. In addition, I will give you a brief description of why you should place a camera there, as well as the type. 

Continue reading to see the 11 best places to put your security cameras.

Front door

The front door, the door facing the street, should be one of the first places to put a security camera.  

Why the front door?

You should place a camera at the front door because it is the main entrance to your home, and it is the first place criminals use to attempt to gain access into your home.  Burglars will first look for your hidden key, and if they are 

Burglars will try three ways to enter your home through the front door. First, they will try turning the handle. You’d be surprised the number of people that leave their front door unlocked.

Second, they will look for your hidden key. Most people place a hidden key under a fake rock, or someplace very obvious.

Third, if they want in bad enough, they will attempt to pick the lock or break the window.

What type of camera?

My first recommendation is a camera that is also a doorbell. There are a few benefits to having this combination. First, most video doorbells provide two-way communication, so you can see and speak to the person without leaving your couch. 

Second, many of the cameras on the market have motion detection. This allow you to view people walking by, in addition to the people that are coming to your house.

Third, these cameras are usually wifi cameras, which means you can access them from anywhere that has an internet connection. You can answer the doorbell and tell the door-to-door salesman you are not interested from work, or vacation.

A good second option for the front door is a bullet or dome camera. These cameras will work because they can be placed high, and have a microphone. 

Backdoor

After the front door, the back door should be the second place you install a camera. The backdoor is defined as the location that faces the rear of the house.

Why the backdoor?

You should install a camera at the backdoor for similar reasons as you would install a camera at the front door. Many homeowners forget to lock the back door, especially if your yard is fenced in, and many backdoors are all glass. 

Another reason to consider installing a camera at the back door is if your yard is fenced in, direct view to your door is obstructed. This obstruction can make it easier for criminals to work because there will be less risk of someone seeing them. The same reason you purchased the fence could be the same reason criminals choose to use this as an entrance.

What type of camera?

My first choice would be a bullet or dome camera that sends push notifications to your phone if motion is detected. I think this is the best solution because you are notified in the event someone is roaming around your backyard without permission.

Many of the cameras that have motion detection and push notifications have the ability to customize when to send notifications. For example, you may want to allow notifications when everyone is at work, or if you are on a family vacation. 

If possible, the dome or bullet camera should have continuous recording with motion alerts.

If a bullet or dome camera with motion alerts is not possible, I recommend a wireless camera with a light attached. This type of camera is good for the backdoor because it has the ability to enable a spotlight when motion is detected. 

A wireless camera with a spotlight can also send push notifications, and you can customize and schedule alarms.

Garage

The garage is the place where one or more cars are stored. In addition, other values are stored here as well.

Why the garage?

The garage is the third place I’d place a camera. There are numerous reasons why you should place at least one security camera over the garage. 

First, after the front and back doors, the garage is the next place criminals use to gain access into your home. Criminals now have the ability to automatically generate garage door codes (the same codes you use to open and close your garage door) open them and take contents out the garage.

Second, many homeowners don’t lock their car doors once they pull into the garage. Couple that with the fact that we leave all sorts of valuables (jewelry, phones, computers) in the car, and you can see why this would be a favorite place for criminals.

Third, homeowners have tons of other values stored in the garage. Everything from bikes to tools, to lawn mowers have a value on the secondary market.

This exact thing happened to my neighbor last summer. Our neighbor left his garage door open in the middle of the day, while he was home, and criminals driving around saw the opportunity and took it. They stole a number of power tools, including weed wackers, and saws.

The only reason they were caught is that their kids saw the couple walking in the garage and taking stuff out. The neighbor referred to his security camera and they were able to identify the couple based on picture identification and license plate number.

What type of camera?

I recommend a bullet camera with night vision to watch over the garage. I think this is the best solution because bullet cameras can be a visual deterrent to criminals. The camera can provide constant or motion activate recording.

If a bullet camera is not available, I recommend a spotlight camera. As I mentioned above these cameras work great at night, though they have a lower profile during the day.

Inside garage

Inside the garage is an unlikely but important spot you should consider when setting up your home security system.

Why the inside of the garage?

The main reason you should consider inside the garage is because there is a door leading to the inside of your home. Many homeowners don’t think to lock this door because there is a garage door in front of it.

Another reason you should consider placing a camera in your garage is because of the lack of light that enters your garage. To test this theory, stand in the middle of your garage with the door closed. How far are you able to see? Try this experiment again at 9pm tonight. 

I think you will be surprised how dark your garage is when the lights go out. 

What type of camera?

I like a camera that shines a light inside the garage. This serves a few purposes. First, the camera will be motion activated. These cameras will send you a notification if something is moving around in the garage.

Second, the light will be enough to illuminate the entire garage on the darkest of days. A little light is a dark space is perfect.

Third, the spotlight lets the person in the garage know that they are being watched. Just knowing they are being watched can provide enough deterrent for the criminal to leave empty handed.

If a spotlight came is not available, a good second choice is a bullet camera. while the bullet may not come with a spotlight, they are hard to miss. A bullet camera in the garage is a clear sign that you mean business.

Gates

Gates are used for entering and exiting a fence. Gate can either be opened from the inside or outside.

Why the gates?

A criminal doesn’t need to enter your house to remove valuable items. your backyard is filled when expensive and important items. Kids toys and grills are just a couple of examples of the items that can be taken from the backyard.

Gates are designed to be easily accessible. Couple that with the fact that many gates do not have security locks attached make them an easy target for break-ins. Even if you have a lock, it can be cut off with a pair of bolt cutters.

What type of camera?

Any camera that detects motion and records is suitable to monitor the gate. The recording doesn’t need to be constant unless it is a high traffic area. The camera can be a bullet or dome camera unless it is in a dark area, then you should consider a camera with a light.

Basement window

The basement window is a window used in an emergency to exit. Usually, the window is large enough for an adult to exit. In addition, there is a ladder built into the shaft to help an escapee exit. 

Why the basement window?

The basement window is an often forgotten place for homeowners, but a great place for criminals. This window is usually in a discrete area, can be pried or kicked open, and few will notice until it’s too late. 

When is the last time you looked at your basement window or window well?

What type of camera?

You have a couple options with the placement of this camera. You could place a motion detecting camera in the basement facing the window. When something falls into the well, you could be notified by a push notification.

The second option you have is placing a camera outside facing the window well. If someone gets into the well, you could be notified. 

I like the second option because it can serve as a deterrent to criminals, and it records any actions in and around the window.

Whichever you decide, I recommend putting a camera around the basement window a priority. 

Blind spots

I consider blind spots in spots in and around your home that creates an obstructed view. This could be landscaping, architecture, or anywhere that receives little light at night

Why blind spots?

Blind spots are a perfect place to hide and gain access to your home. I recommend walking the perimeter of your home once during the day and again at night to observe blind spots.

Common blind spots include:

  • Along the fence
  • In and around bushes and shrubs
  • Overgrown trees
  • Overhangs
  • Right angles that point in instead of out
  • In and around large toys

What type of camera?

Blind spots are usually more of a concern at night, so I would recommend installing cameras that have night vision and provide additional lighting. The lighting should trigger on motion, and the camera should have a recording feature. 

If you are unable to find a camera with a light, you should still install a camera that has motion detection, and night vision.

Children’s room

Children, our most valuable assets, they also have tons of toys; and could be the most expensive room in the house. There are a number of reasons why you’d want to secure the kids’ room.

Why the kids room?

As I mentioned, the kids’ room may be the most valuable room in the house. This room may contain gaming consoles, new toys, and televisions. 

Also, kids tend to be laxer when it comes to security. They will leave the window or blinds open, inviting criminals to see what they can take quickly.  

Also, if you have little children you may want the ability to keep an eye on them without seeming overbearing. You want to monitor their sleep habits if they are newly sleeping in a bed.

Another reason to place a camera in the kids’ room is to monitor the babysitter. Are the kids really brushing their teeth and going to bed at 7 just like the babysitter said? Now you’ll know for sure.

What type of camera?

I recommend an indoor camera that has at least one-way audio. One-way audio allows you to hear what is happening in the room. You could install a two-way audio camera but you run the risk of waking up a sleeping baby with the push of a button.

The camera should have night vision, with scheduled motion detection. You can schedule the motion detection to occur from 10 pm to 4 am. You should also consider a camera that allows you to configure motion zones. This allows you to set motion detection in certain areas. For example, you may want to set motion detection for the floor and not the bed. That way your child turning over at night won’t send an alert, but them getting out of bed will. 

First floor

The first floor is the first level of your house. The first floor can also be called the ground floor.

Why the first floor?

The first floor is important because it is the most accessible portion of your home. Should a criminal decide to break-in through a window, you will be able to catch him in the act. Criminals have been known to access a home through an open window on the first floor.

What type of camera?

I would install any wireless motion detecting camera with a wide field of view. This camera should have the ability to send alerts to your mobile device. This camera should also have the ability to configure when to send motion alerts. 

Place this camera in a corner that covers most of the first floor. If your house if long, consider adding another camera on opposite ends of the house. 

You could add lights to this camera but I don’t think it would be necessary. 

Second floor

The second floor, or upper level should also be considered when placing security cameras. 

Why the second floor?

In current houses, the second floor is where most of the valuables are located. Also, criminals are innovative enough to dress up like a handyman and enter a home through an open window. Neighbors would think nothing of a criminal dressed up as a maintenance man with a 20-foot ladder entering your home. 

The criminal would use the ladder to enter the home through the second floor, then walk out the front door with anything he wanted. 

What type of camera?

Ant time of motion activated indoor camera will work in for the second floor. I recommend installing the camera angled to cover the street or stairs leading to the first floor.

This camera should have schedule motion alerts sent to your phone. A spotlight attached to this camera is not needed for this location.

Conclusion

To conclude, above are all of the places you could put security cameras. Your situation may very and this should be used as guidance and not the law. Your exact needs will vary based on kids, location, needs, etc. 

Additional questions

How high should a security camera be mounted? You should follow the manufacturers’ recommendations, but at least 9 feet above the ground. This height is a good starting point because it is difficult to grab, and it provides a good angle for the field of view. 

The only exception would be a doorbell video camera, or if the manufacturer states that it should be less than 9 feet.

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