We’ve talked about how security cameras aren’t just for the rich anymore. In fact, many people use them for a variety of purposes other than catching criminals. But let’s get down to brass tacks. You’re still going to want them for catching burglars.
Burglars can break into your home and take what they can before the police show up. But a well-placed security camera can identify the criminal’s face so authorities can track them down.
So what are the best places to install security cameras?
We suggest placing security cameras in the most common areas burglars use to break into homes. This infographic from the Washington Post gives you a visual representation of that.
Let’s look briefly the top 3 common break-in points for a moment.
Surprised? We certainly are. Why would burglars break in through the front door?
Here’s what usually happens. A burglar will come up to your home, knock on your door. If someone answers, the would-be-burglar pretends to be someone looking for directions.
But if no one answers, they’ll kick the door open—even if you have a security alarm system.
Place the camera high above the front door so no one can reach it. Also, encase the camera in mesh wiring so burglars can’t use rocks or a long stick to easily smash it.
Fun tip: You can also use the front door security camera as a high-tech peephole since some allow you to view it remotely from any web enabled device. Now you’ll know who the knocker is before you get to the door.
Many burglars break into your home through a first-floor window, typically one not facing the street, by either breaking the glass or by opening it.
Yes, many homeowners forget to lock their windows, giving burglars an easy entry-point.
Regardless, you should place a camera either:
Placing a camera at this entry point has the double benefit of catching the faces of “window peepers.” That is, those who look through the window to scout out your home before they decide to break in, possibly at a later date.
OK, now this makes sense. The back door is out of sight from anyone from the street. So it makes sense to put a camera here.
Again keep it high so it’s out of reach of hands and ensure that a rock can’t smash it.
As you can see, placing a camera in these 3 places alone will catch the faces of 79% of burglars.
While the advice we’ve offered here is true in general, everyone’s home is different. So if you want security cameras, we’d suggest you ask a security consultant to help place your cameras perfectly.