4 Tips on Where to Place a Security Camera

4 Tips on Where to Place a Security Camera

We are often asked, “Where is the best place to install my Canary security camera in my home?” There are any number of options for you to place your camera to keep your home safe. While it will always depend on the layout of your home and its surroundings, focusing on key entry points is often the best approach.

These tips talk to the ways most burglars enter homes, and how to stop them in their tracks – in short, where are the most advantageous spots for your home security camera to deter burglars.

1. In front of a window, from an angle

A majority of burglars force entry via a window or door on the ground floor. Having the security camera facing the window from an angle, thereby giving a view of the street or the garden outside, can offer you clear vision of some main entry points. Even more than that, it can also be a warning to burglars who approach a window. If they see a home security camera facing them, they’re often less likely to want to break in. Avoid aiming it directly in front of the window, or there could be too much light behind a burglar to identify them. Additionally at night the camera may see its own reflection in the glass, so it may be better to place your Canary camera at an angle to the window frame.

2. A few paces from the door

Placing your home security camera in front of the door is another good way to identify intruders. Ideally, one security camera would be facing the back/side door, and another towards the front door. The camera should either be on a side table a few paces from the door, or on a shelf of some kind higher than the door frame, with the camera pointed at a downward angle. If some of your rooms are accessible via a balcony, nearby tree or neighboring building, a burglar might try to enter via a door or window on an upper floor. Therefore you should also place a security camera there.

3. Up high, out of reach

Burglars like garages, because they’re often full of expensive tools, valuable cars and they aren’t the major spots at homes where a burglar is likely to run into trouble, or you. Consider placing your home security camera on a high shelf in the garage, out of reach and where you will have a good view over your belongings.

4. Watching over valuables

If you have a safe, a box of valuable jewelry, or expensive tech gear, then having a home security camera centered on these precious goods could be incredibly worthwhile. Having such high-net-worth items covered under a home insurance plan is recommended, and a camera offering a live feed of the room with these items is a strong second layer of protection. If a burglar tries to take these goods, you’ll have them on the record doing so. Often burglars will head to the master bedroom or the living room to find these valuables, so consider setting up your Canary camera in these areas.

Visit Canary and explore their indoor and outdoor smart home cameras to start protecting your home and loved ones today.