Home Security Camera Placement – A Guide

Did you know that Australia has the 7th highest burglary rate in the world?

With more than 4% of Australian households having experienced a break in or attempted break at some point within the last year, the threat of a home break in is ever present.

“We never thought it would happen to us.” It’s something we hear time and time again from homeowners who thought their home wouldn’t be targeted, only to have a break in which prompts them to sure-up security around the home after the fact.

Rather than picking up the pieces following a break in, it’s better to take proactive measures to deter thieves from targeting your home in the first place—and installing security cameras is a great way to do that.

If you’re considering installing security cameras, this guide shows you how to get your security camera placement right, so you can enhance the security of your home and stop thieves in their tracks.

Modern CCTV cameras with blurred view of home locations

Security cameras are proven to deter thieves

While security cameras can’t prevent 100% of crime, numerous studies have shown that security cameras are a highly effective tool in deterring burglars—and it makes sense. When thieves are choosing which home to target, they look for ‘soft targets’, or properties that are relatively easy to gain access to, and where they’re unlikely to get caught.

Every security measure you employ to enhance security around the property (including installing security cameras) will make the home a less appealing target, and make thieves more likely to pass it by. Even if you do still fall victim to a burglary, at least your security cameras will be able to capture valuable footage which can be used to identify the perpetrator/s and lead to a conviction.

Deciding where to place your security cameras

It’s easy to assume that any security cameras are better than no security cameras, but in reality, a poorly designed security camera system which fails to capture important visuals is practically useless.

When deciding where to place your security cameras, there are a few key things you need to consider to ensure the system is reliable and effective.

Main entry points

It’s essential that your camera system captures footage of each main entry point to the home.

Nearly 80% of burglars enter through either the front door, back door or a first-floor window, so ensuring you have adequate coverage of these areas should be a top priority. Depending on your home, it’s also important to consider any other possible entry points to the premises, such as a garage, basement or upstairs balcony.

Points of vulnerability

Every home is different, and it’s important to consider any areas which could make the property more vulnerable.

Things like a vacant block next door, fences that back onto walking tracks or parkland, a garage that opens onto to a laneway or alley, any areas with low visibility from the street or other houses, or places where intruders have gained access to the property previously could all be considered points of vulnerability which require additional coverage.

Privacy

While the rules around surveillance in private residential settings in Australia vary according to the individual state or territory, it’s generally considered illegal to film someone in their home without their prior consent.

It’s important to keep this in mind when choosing where to place security cameras, as a camera pointed directly into a neighbour’s property could be in breach of privacy legislation. The same rules also apply to security cameras installed in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Security camera placement tips

There are also plenty of other things you’ll need to consider when deciding where to place your security cameras. Here are some other valuable tips that will help you choose the most suitable locations for your cameras:

  • Proximity to a power source – Unless you’re installing wireless cameras, you’ll need to identify locations where it won’t be too difficult to run wiring to connect each camera to a power source.
  • Proximity to your router – IP-based cameras which provide remote access to your cameras and footage via a smartphone will need to be installed close enough to the router to ensure a reliable, good quality connection. If this isn’t possible, consider installing a Wi-Fi extender.
  • Street visibility – Ensure your cameras are clearly visible from the street to deter thieves from targeting your home.
  • Height of installation – It’s important to install your cameras high enough that they can’t be easily tampered with. Generally, choosing a height around 5m above the ground is effective.
  • Camera angles – Consider what visuals you want to capture when setting the angle for each camera. Are you trying to capture a face, or a car license plate number? In some cases, you may require more than one camera in an area to adequately capture everything and avoid creating blind spots.
  • Lighting – While most commercial-grade security cameras are equipped with High Dynamic Range (HDR) which allows them to automatically adapt to handle difficult lighting conditions, many residential-grade cameras lack this technology. In this case, you’ll need to check for any backlighting which could affect the level of exposure and picture quality, and make the necessary lighting adjustments to ensure a good quality picture in all conditions.
  • Protection from the elements – Depending on where you live, your cameras may be subjected to rain, snow, sleet, moisture, dust and dirt. Even while most outdoor cameras are considered ‘weatherproof’, they may still be vulnerable to some extreme weather conditions. For this reason, it’s a good idea to install them in locations where they’ll be somewhat protected from the elements to extend camera longevity.

Let us take care of the leg work

Getting your security camera placement right can be tricky, so rather than stumbling your way through it, why not call in the experts.

At Calamity, our experienced security professionals can offer their expert advice to design a first-rate security camera system for your home and provide round-the-clock monitored protection from our state of the art Australian security facility. We’ll recommend the most optimal camera placement to provide a superior level of protection, then take care of the installation for you.

Currently protecting tens of thousands of individuals, our security expertise is second to none, and you’ll have complete confidence that your home will always be safe and protected from intruders.

Find out more about our home security solutions or contact us to request a personalised consultation.