The idea of having your home broken into and burglarized is a scary thought so, for most people, making sure that their home is safe and well-protected is a high priority, and rightfully so. According to the 2012 FBI Annual Crime report, only about 30% of intruders enter homes through unlocked doors and windows, while 60% use force to break in. So even if you’re very careful to lock every door and window, it’s a great idea to consider adding a home surveillance system to provide an extra layer of protection to your home and everything in it. A home security system can help to not only scare off potential robbers but also notify you when a break does occur so you can notify the authorities immediately. With motion detection and auto-recording, cameras like the Outdoor HD Cloud Camera (DCS-2330L) can warn you with an email alert and trigger recording at the exact moment it senses an uninvited guest in your home. It’s peace of mind made easy.
Surveillance cameras are a great addition to home safety but proper placement plays a huge part in optimizing their efficiency. To help you get the most out of your cameras, here are some quick tips on where to place them in and around your home:
- Front Door: A front door camera is always a good idea, not only as a deterrent for break-ins, since the majority (34%) do enter through the front door, but also for other forms of theft like stealing mail or packages. Another great feature is that it allows you to see who is at the door before answering it, so even when you’re not home you can see who’s knocking.
- First Floor Entrances: Easy entrances such as sliding doors, which can easily be taken off track even when locked, windows that don’t lock securely and other first floor entryways should have the most surveillance since second floor access, which only account for 2% of entrances, is much more difficult to get to and more likely to attract the eye of a neighbor.
- Hidden Entrances: Doors and windows that are away from public view, specifically back doors or basement windows that may be covered by trees or shrubs are prime entry points for burglars. It’s far easier to sneak a TV out the back window than to walk it out the front door. Secure the locks and clear any excess shrubbery.
- Poorly Lit Entrances: Any dark areas around the home should be monitored. Light is a huge deterrent for criminals so if there are any places around the home or garage that are not well–lit, consider placing a night vision camera there. Furthermore, if you have a backyard it’s smart to point a camera facing any gates or easy points of access since as stated before; entrances away from street view are preferred.
Another common question about home security is whether or not a security camera should be hidden or visible. If the goal of a camera is to prevent or deter someone from doing something they shouldn’t, having a visible camera will scare more people off as they will see they are being monitored. Another benefit of having a visible camera is that the view is not blocked by objects that would normally be used to hide it, providing a much better view and more coverage of the area being surveyed. Having the camera visible does make it more of a target for tampering so make sure it is placed somewhere up high and not too easily accessible.
When it comes to indoor cameras having them hidden has more benefits, if the visible camera outdoors was not enough to scare them off, a few well-placed cameras inside can help to provide more details of the burglar which will aid in prosecuting and also allow you to know what specific areas of the home were targeted to check for your belongings.
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