Your new home security system is only as good as your camera and sensor placement. Too many Miami homeowners aren’t getting the protection they paid for, but you don’t need to fall into this category.
After many years of specializing in residential security in Miami, we know exactly how to ensure you get the best surveillance and protection at home.
7 Best Spots for Camera and Sensor Placement
The Front Door
All too often, homeowners focus on securing every other door except the front door. The reality is, over 30% of burglars gain access through the front door. It’s also become very common for packages to be stolen, which is why it helps to have a camera at your front door. If you don’t want to install a standard security camera, a video doorbell can be an effective security measure too.
The Back or Side Door
Any door that can’t be seen from the street or your front door should have a camera or sensor. This way, unwanted visitors can’t enter your home undetected. Connecting any back or side entrances to a sensor will trigger your alarm, while a camera will capture an image of the intruder.
When considering camera and sensor placement, don’t overlook your garage and driveway. We tend to keep a number of costly valuables in the garage, including vehicles, tools, and bicycles. If your garage is tampered with, you at least have footage for insurance purposes. As a bonus, making the camera visible is an excellent deterrent. Here are some of our other tips for keeping your garage secure.
Common Areas Inside the Home
Placing a camera in the kitchen or living area is not only great for keeping tabs on your kids, but pet sitters, cleaners, and repairmen too. If any of your communal living spaces on the ground floor have large windows, sensors are highly recommended.
Have a large yard? Sensors and cameras are a great way to stop intruders from getting too close to your home to begin with. Since every yard is so different, contact us about a security audit so that we can advise you on the best spots for camera and sensor placement.
It will be far more difficult for unwanted visitors to move around in your home if there are sensors and cameras in key stairways, including basement stairways. It’s not as common for intruders to enter through the basement, but it does happen.
If you often have baby or pet sitters in your home, or you are currently renovating, placing motion sensor cameras behind valuables is a great way to keep them protected. Just let your family and friends know about the placement to avoid accidental triggers.
Camera and Sensor Placement – The Don’ts
There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on where to place surveillance equipment:
- Consider your neighbors. Remember, there are laws regarding surveillance equipment placement to ensure you aren’t infringing on anyone’s privacy. Work with an experienced security expert so that there is no reason to undo your installation. In essence, you can’t place cameras in a spot that might capture any areas your neighbor would deem private.
- Keep your own space private. You may want to keep a watchful eye on those you love but placing cameras in bedrooms and bathrooms is an invasion of privacy. Naturally, baby monitors are fine, as are glass-break sensors.
Once your cameras and sensors have been set up, remember to test them regularly. The last thing you want is to discover your camera and security system aren’t working when you needed it the most.