The 5 Best Spots for Security Cameras

When installing video surveillance systems, a homeowner must consider areas beyond the front door as there are usually many different places where a thief might be able to gain entrance to the home. In 2012 alone, the Los Angeles Police Department counted 12,799 burglaries within city limits as well as thousands upon thousands of motor vehicle thefts and other related crimes. A security system is often one of the only things that will stand in the way of a thief and his target.

The following locations are all prime spots for security cameras:

1. Front and back entrances

Although a homeowner might assume that a thief wouldn’t try the front and back doors due to their visibility to the street and the obvious nature of such entrances, some statistics suggest that at least a third of burglaries occur after a thief gains entry through the front door. About a fifth of the remaining burglaries happen after a thief breaks in the back door (this includes side doors).

2. Hidden windows and second-story entrances

No thief wants to be seen, and windows hidden by shrubbery or fences represent a prime spot for a thief to break into the residence. In addition to installing security cameras around the main doors, any window that isn’t visible from the street should have a camera. Alternatively, clearing shrubs away to ensure all entry points are exposed is a good idea.

3. Basement and garage entrances

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to neglect security of the garage, but the second-most costly item in the home (a vehicle) is usually parked in this space. Although most vehicles will have a security system of some kind, it’s essential that this area isn’t neglected. An exterior entrance to the basement is also an essential spot for a surveillance camera as the noise of a break-in at basement level is often hard to hear.

Tip:Don’t leave the garage door remote in a vehicle as this makes it easy for a thief to exit!

4. Interior surveillance options

After the exterior of the home is protected, the interior must also be considered. In the unlikely event a burglarentersthe home undetected, security cameras inside the home will provide another barrier to theft, and may be connected to a secondary security system that will engage if the exterior perimeter alarms are thwarted. Interior security cameras also keep the home safe when individuals like babysitters or cleaners are on the premises.

5. Extended surveillance on a large property

Homeowners with extensive grounds should install cameras on each side of the perimeter, especially if the edge of the property isn’t viewable from the home. These cameras can be connected to motion sensors and can even be installed with equipment to allow the homeowner to pivot and swivel the cameras to follow movement. Wireless technology makes it easy to place cameras far away from the home, even if there isn’t an electrical plug nearby.

A family need not place a security camera in absolutely every spot in the home; however, security systems today may be installed wirelessly with exceptionally small devices. Creating a reliable defense perimeter with high-tech video surveillance systems is well within the power of any Los Angeles or southern California homeowner.

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