A guide to the best position for security cameras inside and outside your home
With us all leading busy lives, security cameras are a great way to keep an eye on your home whilst you’re out and about.
Whether you’re at work, out for the day or enjoying a well-deserved break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the last thing you want to be doing is be worrying about your property whilst you’re away from your home. And now, with an array of smart security cameras and CCTV options out there, it makes it even easier to check in and monitor your home when you’re not there.
And what’s more, security cameras are a great deterrent to prevent opportunists from targeting your home. No criminal wants to be caught in the act, so CCTV is an effective way of stopping these burglars in their tracks. But it’s essential that these security cameras are placed in key locations, to not only catch these criminals red-handed, but also to ensure they the cameras are seen to stop them from targeting your home.
With this in mind, as part of this year’s National Home Security Month campaign from Yale, the home security experts have shared their top advice on how to sufficiently place your home security cameras to ensure the best coverage and protection for your home.
External home security
Security cameras are essential for scoping out the outside of your home, so it’s worth doing a home security audit before deciding on the location of your CCTV.
There are typically a range of weak spots for a home, such as the front door, garden and garage. So it’s essential that you secure these most vulnerable areas by pointing your new outdoor security cameras in the direction of these spots.
If your home has ever been broken into before, the area that the criminals entered your property will most likely be a weak spot for your property. You should therefore consider placing a security camera directly at this area to ensure the space is secured whilst also deterring criminals from returning.
Outdoor security cameras are also effective in withstanding extreme weather conditions. Which is why it’s important to review whether your cameras will be affected by things such as direct sunlight, which will create glare on the camera and things like foliage overgrowing nearby, which will cover the lens.
Securing your home for the night-time
Most high-quality outdoor security cameras offer night vision capabilities, so this means you can easily position your product in a prime location to view the back garden or entrance area of your home at any time of the day or night.
The home security experts at Yale have a range of Smart Home CCTV systems which have been designed with 30 metre night vision to allow you to monitor your home at any time of the day or night via your smartphone.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a functional camera to work both indoors and out, Yale’s All In One Camera is a perfect option. With motion detection to pick up on any suspicious activity, informing you of this immediately, and a built-in spotlight to startle any opportunists looking for their next target, it’s a great deterrent and monitoring tool rolled into one.
Internal home security
Once you’ve decided on where to position your outdoor security cameras, you can then move onto the indoors. At Yale, the experts have designed a range of indoor security camera options that allow you to add cameras to any prime target location around your home, helping you to keep an eye on what matters most to you.
For example, the Indoor WiFi Camera Full HD can be positioned in any room in the house, pointing at prime entry points including doors, windows and even the garage, monitoring to see if any motion is detected, and then notifying via an app on your smartphone.
Another effective option is the Indoor WiFi Pan & Tilt, allowing you to stream images of your home anytime, anywhere with a smartphone. With the ability to monitor the inside of your home from anywhere, this means you can always be in the know surrounding your home security.
Keeping eyes on your pets
Indoor security cameras have also been designed to easily monitor your pets when you’re not around. It’s natural to worry whether your furry friends are safe when you’re not there, so positioning an indoor security camera where they will be left when you go out will mean you can check in on them any hour of the day or night.
Yale’s Pan & Tilt camera allows you to keep an eye on your pets by following their movement around your home or room, to ensure you never miss a moment of your pets when you’re away.
So, if you’re considering investing in indoor or outdoor security cameras this season, be sure to do a home security audit beforehand to ensure your cameras are in the best possible position to keep the criminals away.
At Yale, all of our outdoor security cameras, including the Smart CCTV kits and All In One Cameras, come, as standard, with an ‘Image Masking’ feature, which is controlled via the handy Yale View App.
When setting up your Cameras, the image masking functionality allows users to simply select the areas that need to be covered by the motion detection feature, whilst ignoring any others that do not require camera coverage.
Not only does this provide complete control for users, but homeowners can also ensure they are complying with privacy laws and not collecting footage from neighbouring homes.
Yale also provides window stickers in all its CCTV or security camera kits to allow homeowners to clearly display that their home is being monitored, ensuring that they are taking responsibility for not encroaching on a neighbour’s privacy.
We would always advise anyone using outdoor Cameras to make sure the position of your cameras comply with your legal obligations under the data protection laws. More information on this can be found on the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) website.
To find out more about Yale’s range of indoor and outdoor security cameras or for more information on the National Home Security Month campaign, please visit the website www.homesecuritymonth.com or follow #NHSM21 on social media.