A security camera installed outside gives peace of mind, especially at night. They can capture video of a prospective intruder before he or she enters your house and send you an alert on your smartphone right away. This allows you to contact authorities and/or frighten the individual away using the built-in siren or two-way audio. When you hear a disturbance outside, you may use your phone to see a live broadcast instead of going outside to check. Outdoor cameras may also be used to keep a watch on shipments, automobiles, and other items left outside your house. If something is taken, the video will assist you in filing a police complaint and an insurance claim. Finally, robbers are less likely to target residences equipped with security cameras and other conspicuous protection devices.
Where Should I Install Outdoor Security Cameras in My Home?
It’s almost as essential to put security cameras as it is what kind you buy. To begin, pick which regions you want to keep an eye on. Driveways, other locations where cars are parked, outside facilities such as sheds and garages, fence lines, and access points such as doors and windows are all common sites to protect. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), 81 percent of thieves enter through the first floor, making it critical to block simple ingress points at ground level.
It’s also crucial to get the right spot. “When putting cameras indoors and outdoors, make sure they’re high enough that an intruder can’t quickly take it and destroy it or conceal it in any manner,” Frankel advises. However, don’t place them too high since this may result in poor image quality. When installing your cameras, you should also think about the field of vision. Surveillance of a bigger area, such as a backyard, is possible with a broad field of view. A driveway or front door camera, on the other hand, does not require a large field of view to cover essential regions.
A power supply is required to install outside cameras. Accessible outside outlets limit you if you’re employing AC-powered cameras. Drilling through walls to access indoor outlets is an alternative that is more secure since there is no visible cord for a robber to disconnect or cut. Battery-powered cameras offer greater placement options; as long as you can drill screws for the camera mount, you can put them almost anyplace. Before permanently installing either outdoor wireless camera, check to connect to Wi-Fi where you want it to go.
Where Should I Install Indoor Security Cameras in My Home?
What you want to see is a big factor in putting interior cameras. Put cameras high up in corners or on shelves for a wide, unimpeded view of a room or corridor if you’re primarily concerned with catching intruders on film. Install cameras near external entrances; 34% of criminals enter through the front door, according to InterNACHI.
An interior camera may likewise be used to look outdoors. You might, for example, put one near a window to keep an eye on your front or backyard. If you do this, search for an indoor camera that lets you turn off the night vision infrared lights, so they don’t reflect the window glass and distort the image. The image quality will not be as excellent as an outside camera, but it will be less expensive and time-consuming. It can work well if you combine an inside camera pointing out a window with motion-activated outside lighting.
Install an indoor camera in a central position, such as the living room or family room, if you want to use it as a pet/child/nanny cam. Two-way audio on these devices has the advantage of allowing someone in your house to “phone” you on the gadget, and this is beneficial for youngsters who do not yet have access to a cellphone. Virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in into certain interior cameras. This means you may use them to control smart things like lighting or ask inquiries like “How’s the weather?” Finally, most interior cameras are equipped with a power cord that must be inserted into a wall socket.