When security is a priority, camera’s are common sense. The very sight of a camera is often enough to deter would-be lawbreakers, and when it’s not, video or still images can help to identify thieves, vandals, or unauthorized individuals. We sell a variety of security cameras for every need, but one thing that they all have in common is the need for proper placement. Ask yourself these three questions to find the proper location for a security camera!
1. Do you want the camera to deter, identify, or monitor?
If your goal is to deter criminals or unauthorized personnel, a highly visible camera will be the most effective. If this is your goal, choose a camera that is 1) obviously a camera, and 2) heavy duty. A visible camera runs an increased risk of being tampered with, so you be sure that it is in a position that forces people to approach it within its viewing area. You can also install the higher from the ground that most people can reach, and even install protective surrounds to make it more difficult to break the camera with a stick, rock, or flashlight.
Identify and monitor
If your goal is to identify people who commit illegal or unauthorized behavior, or to monitor the flow of people through secured areas, your camera doesn’t need to be as visible. Choose a low profile camera, and a location where the camera blends in with its surroundings. You do need to decide whether you prefer a wide-angle lens – making a larger area visible in a lower quality image – or a more standard lens that can focus on a smaller area with higher quality results.
2. Second, what are the vulnerabilities of your location?
Outdoor security cameras
If you are using security cameras to deter and record unauthorized entry into your building, your vulnerabilities are anywhere that a person can enter the building. It may seem like a daunting task to cover all entry points, but some are more important than others. Front doors are the most important entrance point to cover, followed by back and side doors. It is more important to cover back windows with a camera than front windows, as intruders are less likely to attempt to gain access through a window that is visible from a street. Don’t forget about garage or lower level access doors!
Along the same lines, if you are using indoor cameras to monitor the flow of people through a building, cover the most used entrances and exits first. Then think about any less visible access points that people may attempt to use. Are there any bathrooms with two doors? A janitor’s closet that leads to a secured hallway? Cameras covering these points can help you catch illicit activity quickly, or identify intruders after the fact.
3. Third, what do you need to protect the camera from?
The better that you protect your camera, the better that it will protect you. A camera mounted in full sun, exposed to rain and other inclement weather, will not last as long, and will be less effective than a camera mounted in a more sheltered location. If the perfect spot for your outdoor camera is fully exposed, see if you can move it a few feet in any direction to maintain the coverage that you need while giving the camera more shelter from the elements and prying eyes.
Indoor cameras in areas that include windows – whether the cameras are intended to watch the windows or the whole area – should be positioned in a way that takes sunlight into account. Mounting the camera in a corner near the roof level is often an effective way to cover the room, including the windows, while not overwhelming the camera with sunlight.
The best security camera in the world is only as effective as its location. These three questions should take you well on your way to choosing a location for your security camera that uses the camera’s features to your full advantage!