Where is the best place to put security cameras?

Posted April 14th, 2022 by SimpliSafe

Where is the best place to put security cameras?

When protecting your home, installing security cameras is the way forward, but you may find yourself stuck and second-guessing on where best to place them. That’s why we’re here to help.

Where to place security cameras

When deciding on where is best to place your home security camera, you should first check the perimeters, key entry points into the home and where you think would really benefit from an extra layer of security. For instance, maybe, you have a work van parked on your driveway, that if stolen, would take thousands of pounds worth of tools along with it. By carefully mapping out your property and highlighting areas and objects that are particularly high risk, it’ll be much easier to decide on the placement of your camera(s). 

What is the range of the SimpliSafe cameras?

Alongside deciding on the best placement for your home security camera, it’s important to be aware of the lense’s range. The SimpliSafe Outdoor Security Camera has an incredible 140º field of view and the Indoor Security Camera has a 120º field of view, which will allow you to capture any suspicious activity in your home. 

SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera

When it comes to protecting your security camera against the elements, thankfully, the SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera has been designed for all weather extremes. From heavy snow to pouring rain, this system can adapt to any environment. 

Not only this, your security camera will be equipped with two WiFi antennas to ensure a strong connection, as well as a removable battery that recharges in five hours. To prevent any downtime you can always swap in an Extra Outdoor Battery, or add on an Outdoor Camera Power Cable or Outdoor Camera Solar Panel. You’ll have everything you need to secure your home, and your driveway. 

SimpliSafe outdoor camera placement

The driveway

If you keep your car or work van on your driveway, an Outdoor Security Camera positioned on the wall of your home - looking out onto the driveway - is paramount. The outdoor security camera facing this way will not only give police crucial footage in the event of a crime, but it will help to deter thieves in the first place.

The garden

Your Outdoor Security Camera will also ensure complete garden security, allowing you to keep a watchful eye over the full extent of your property with ease. Make sure that it is positioned to watch over your garden only and any valuable gardening equipment (which should always be locked away securely in your garage or shed).

In the garage

If you’re lucky enough to have a garage to store valuables and vehicles in, as well as making sure it’s secure and locked, you should place security cameras inside and outside of them. Outdoor cameras are used to deter opportunistic thieves and indoor cameras can capture crucial evidence that the professional monitoring centre uses to visually verify an incident. 

Placing them in and outside of garages is a good idea, as many potential burglars target them because they can be separate from homes and don’t always have a door inside.

SimpliSafe Indoor Camera

With SimpliSafe, the Indoor Camera is crucial as this is what the professional monitoring centre uses to visually verify an incident, so they can then request police dispatch if needed. Complete with 24/7 HD video and smart motion detection, your camera is equipped with everything it needs to ensure the protection of your property - be it day or night. 

SimpliSafe indoor camera placement

In a baby’s room

When you have a baby or toddler, cameras are there to monitor and help you keep them safe. Not only can they be used to detect a break-in - working with alarm sensors - but they can also be used to monitor your children to look out for any signs of distress.

Living rooms, kitchens & hallways

Living rooms and kitchens are a great place for an indoor camera as there can be a lot of valuable items and they are usually near the main entry and exit points of the home. Thieves may look to the likes of a living room in search of big ticket items such as televisions, games consoles, gadgets, tablets etc.  

Kitchens on the other hand often have patios and easy-to-access entryways for burglars, as this is where many people may leave windows and doors open with car keys, wallets, handbags and other valuables on show.

The downstairs hallway near your front door has a lot of ‘traffic’ in the home, so this is a great place for indoor cameras. The front door is the most common way for a burglar to enter the home, so it’s crucial for capturing evidence to help police catch the criminal(s). For an added degree of security, you may decide to use an Entry Sensor to alert you to a break-in. Whether you’re choosing to protect doors or windows, an alarm will sound if the device’s magnet moves more than two inches away from the sensor.  

Out of reach

Of course, it should go without saying that wherever you place your cameras, you should make sure that they are not easy to cover or be tampered with. Keep them out of reach but not out of mind, as it’s important that they are visible to act as successful deterrents.