Compared to years ago, security cameras have become better in resolution and technology. You can now easily connect them to a Wi-Fi and your smartphone application. In this manner, you can monitor your premises from a remote location.
Despite these improvements, you will not be able to fully utilize the security cameras if you place them on the wrong spots. Remember, protection is the name of the game.
Hence, strategically placing your cameras is key to maximize protection. Below are some tips on how to make the most out of your security cameras.
Ideal Spots to Put Your Security Cameras
Place the cameras where the burglars are more likely to enter. Go around the house and see potential places of entry. These are doors and windows. But once you examine the house, there can be others. These can include empty or deserted spots, broken walls, weak barriers, holes, etc.
The first floor is usually the point of entry. However, depending on the house structure, other floors may be prone for burglars to go in. For example, your house may be directly beside another house where access is easy from another floor. Lastly, do not forget your outdoor premises, such as gates and fences.
Make sure you have security cameras in those afore-mentioned spots.
Maximize the Camera According to its Use and Type
You have to also consider the type of security camera. Do you have a wide-angle camera? Is it a focused camera? Is it a bulb type with a 360-degree view? Are you using a wireless camera or a corded one?
In terms of angle and coverage, the most common types are:
- Light Bulb
- Bullet Cameras
The reason for its name is because of its long cylindrical shape resembling a bullet. A bullet camera allows you to focus on a fixed view. This is highly useful for entry or exit points like doors. Since this only views a limited range, you would need more cameras to cover the entire place. The cylindrical shape also allows you to focus on a fixed view, such as certain entry or exit points. But, as you only have one fixed view, you may need multiple cameras.
A bullet camera has a distinctive appearance that is very recognizable by thefts. Being easily recognizable, it is a good deterrent for intruders. So they may choose to leave the premises already. But there is also a disadvantage to being discernible. Bullet cameras are more prone to vandalism.
In terms of installation, bullet cameras can easily be mounted on a wall or ceiling. It is useful for both indoor and outdoor premises. The tip of the camera has a cover to serve as weather protection. It also reduces glare which makes bullet cameras useful even for outdoor purposes.
Dome cameras are unique in shape. They are also called ceiling cameras. They are usually found indoors. But some also these outside.
The main advantage of dome cameras is its wider viewing coverage. Another advantage is that it is easier to install on walls and ceilings. Dome cameras are also more resilient from tampering and vandalism.
This is a fairly recent one compared to the bullet or dome cameras. The appearance is similar to a light bulb. A thief who is not so familiar with this type can mistake it to be an ordinary light bulb.
The main advantage of a light bulb is its wide 360-degree view of the entire room. It is particularly useful to see the entirety of the place.
A light bulb security camera is also very easy to install. Place it on the regular bulb socket. It draws power straight from that socket.
The only drawback is that since the view is from the center of the ceiling, you will not be able to see the face of the person directly under.
There are still other types of security cameras. Make sure you take into consideration the type of camera you have to be able to maximize these. Choose the type of camera according to the area you want to cover. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Plan before choosing to purchase one. Depending on what you need, you may opt to have a variety of types inside your home to better protect your house.
How to Position Your Cameras Right
After you have decided on where to put your cameras, the next step is to position it right. You have to cover as much area as possible. But you have to still consider the angle and clarity of subject matter when you position them
For doors and window frames, face the camera down. This is important to clearly see the person in front of the opening. The camera fit for this is those that have a specific focus range of about 45 to 75 degrees.
Inside the home, position the camera on the window seal. You can have a better glimpse of the yard from the window.
Additional Security Features
Security cameras have greatly improved. Security features have been added for better use and protection. Night vision for example allows you to still be able to see even at pitch-black.
There are also waterproof security cameras. Make sure you use waterproof ones for your outdoor locations.
Other useful security features are those with heat and motion-sensing technology. They can send alerts to the homeowner for movements.
If you are interested to set-up a home security system in Perth, contact Smart Security. We will be glad to assist you in providing options to better protect your premises.