Meet Stephen, his family moved to Canberra. They recently acquired a new CCTV camera system. Like many people, a common question that SECOM Australia gets is where they should install their cameras.
In this article, we will discuss the best locations to install your CCTV camera system. We will discuss in detail the locations and why it is important to have coverage on them. We will share decades of SECOM Australia’s experience, so people can enjoy their homes and have a peace of mind when it comes to safety for their families.
Why Installing to the Right Location is Important?
- CCTVs can deter burglary– as mentioned in previous articles by SECOM Australia, CCTV’s are excellent tools to prevent burglary. Position visible CCTVs can help discourage felons from executing their criminal plans. Burglars feel uneasy knowing that they could be caught through the footages
- Better Evidence Gathering– throughout the years, SECOM Australia client’s were able to apprehend thieves. Police were able to identify the suspects through the recordings. The footages were used by the prosecution team in court. They key here is to make sure that the CCTV camera has good angle and lighting. This helps have clearer videos.
- Better Security– a good combination for CCTV is to integrate it with break-in alarms and monitoring centers. If a burglar trips your break-in alarm, the monitoring center can quickly validate if there is an incident happening in your residence.
Placing the camera at the right locations helps speed up the validation process. This will allow the monitoring center to instantly call for law enforcement and apprehend the felons. Time is crucial in catching the thieves red-handed. If you have blind spots this will lengthen the process and allow the burglars to escape.
Top 5 Locations Recommended by SECOM Australia
- Front Door– Here is an alarming information, did you know around 33% burglaries happen through the front door. It is critical to install a CCTV camera in that location. You need to be careful on where you place it. It needs to have a good angle and it should not be easily reachable. You don’t want the thieves to spray paint on it, making the camera useless.
Consider putting mesh wires on your CCTV camera. This prevents thieves from knocking it out using rocks and sticks.
- Back Door- 22% of the burglary incidents happen on the backdoor. Aside from the rear entrances, considering putting CCTV camera on the side entrance as well. SECOM Australia highly recommends using weatherproof cameras through these access points. Dome cameras are a favorite of most of its clients.
- Rear Windows– burglars see rear windows as a good entry point for homes. Neighbors seldom see it. It is normally off the street, therefore, chances of having witnesses will be minimal. Given this vulnerability, it is highly recommended to install CCTV in those areas.
Based on experience, it is recommended to use wireless cameras for these areas. Cabling will be a challenge and it will require a lot of construction work to set it up. Wireless gives you the flexibility to deploy this. It is also recommended to combine it with break-in sensors to add another layer of security.
- Backyards– thieves love to steal at lawns and backyards. They can steal expensive stuff like gardening tools, lawn machinery, and recreational things. Since most backyards have a big space, it is recommended to either use a wide angle camera or multiple cameras to cover the ground.
Consider installing motion sensors and equip it with floodlights. If the sensor detects movement, it will trigger the flood lights. The light can disorient the thieves and it can give you better visibility for your cameras.
- Basements – it is recommended to install cameras, particularly on the basement stairs. Basements can have hatches and small windows where thieves can crawl in. Positioning a camera on the stairs will ensure they will be caught by the system.
Since most basements are dark, it is recommended to install cameras that are night vision. There are cameras that run in infrared, it can capture footages in low/no light situations.