A property crime occurs every 3.8 seconds in the United States. Home security in today’s world is more than remembering to lock your doors at night. Outdoor security cameras will increase the safety and security of your home but even outdoor cameras, if not placed properly can leave you vulnerable.
Optimizing Outdoor Security Camera Installation
The first step in the process is to determine what areas of your property do you feel may be vulnerable to intruders. These can include:
- Garages, barns or sheds.
- Watching suspicious activity or traffic outside your home.
- Areas of the home not often accessed like a basement door.
- Monitoring your vehicles to prevent theft or vandalism.
- Seeing who is at the front door.
Look around your property with an objective eye. Remember, your backyard is the most vulnerable location. Are there any areas you feel are vulnerable? Are there any windows that can pose a threat? Examine your doors. The most burglaries occur through the front door. Determine how visible your driveway is. It is also a good idea to trim away any bushes too close to the house or overhanging the driveway so intruders cannot hide from the cameras easily.
Getting The Most Out Of Your Security Cameras
Once you have determined where your home is most vulnerable, before you start drilling holes in the house keep the following in mind:
1. You will need more than one camera to get a clear image of the intruder or their license plate, and correct placement is the key to home safety.
2. Do not place your camera too high. You will not get better results, in fact your picture quality will be grainy and motion sensitivity is decreased. Just keep it high enough to be out of human reach.
3. Get wide range cameras. With regular cameras the criminal will have to approach the house at just the right angle. A wide range camera will give you a more definitive image of the intruder.
4. Consider the locations of your power outlets as most cameras need to be plugged in. Will you need to have more external outlets? The other option is to consider going with “untethered” or battery operated. These cameras must also be maintained regularly.
5. Try to make sure your outside cameras are sheltered. While most have waterproof casings, severe weather will damage them over time.
6. Consider getting infrared cameras for clear images at night.
Once you have done your homework, have a good idea of what type and how many cameras you need, contact the experts at Super Circuits. With over a thousand video security and access control solutions we can help you get the protection you need. Not a DIY’er? That is not a problem. Supercircuits is here to help connect you with the most qualified and experienced dealers and installers across the country. Providing the community with home, school, business and law enforcement security since 1989, we have the expertise to ensure your home is a safe haven for your family.