When considering adding security cameras to your home, remember, better placement means better protection. If you’re wondering where to mount security cameras, just look at the numbers. 34% of burglars enter through the front door, making it the most targeted area for burglars.
Security camera placement is essential to provide you the best coverage. Below, we discuss different security cameras you can use for your front door, the best ways to place them, and what you can do to ensure the best possible protection for your home.
Find the Right Camera
Fortunately, there are a wide array of security cameras you can use to protect your home. With all the options available, homeowners can find one that fits their budget, need, lifestyle, home type, etc. Here is a list of the most common home security cameras:
- Box Style Camera
- Doorbell Camera
- IP Camera
- Dome Security Camera
- Day/Night Security Camera
- Thermal/ Security Camera
- Wireless IP Camera
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Each security has unique characteristics and features. However, if you’re looking to place a security camera on your front door, you need something that can both operate day and night. Look for cameras with a high IR (infrared) filter. Thermal cameras or a thermal feature will also work well in periods of darkness.
Where to Place Your Camera
If you decide to use a doorbell camera, your options are limited as to where you can place it. However, if you decide to use a more traditional surveillance camera, the placement largely depends on the front of your home and its surroundings.
For instance, if your front entrance is a narrow walkway up to the door, then placement directly above the door should provide enough coverage. On the other hand, if you have a large front porch, you might want to consider putting the camera in the corner to give you a full view of the porch or consider installing multiple cameras
Remember to give your camera enough room to focus. Most cameras have a focus range of 45 to 75 degrees. But wide-angle lenses have a focus range of 75 to 180 degrees. Just make sure the area you want to be covered is within the focus range. You can even use an adjustable camera where you can rotate the field of view. Regardless of the camera you use, always remember to place it somewhere out of reach of potential outsiders.
Camera Upkeep and Maintenance
Your security camera isn’t a set it and forget it piece of equipment. You want to do regular checks to ensures it’s working properly and upkeep to ensure nothing is blocking the field of view. And if you want, you can even disguise your security camera to minimize detection.
The best way to install your security camera is to leave it to the professionals. At Vector Security, we can install and monitor all of your home’s security systems and replace them at your discretion. If you would like to learn more about protecting your home, feel free to contact us today.