Chapter 4 of the Ultimate Surveillance Camera guide focuses on the where and how of positioning surveillance cameras to get the largest and clearest viewing range for your home security system. Contact us at Jay 360 for help in choosing the right security camera model for your home or business. The ultimate guide to cameras helps jump start the understanding of features to look out for in buying a security camera for work and home premises. The guide also helps ensures readers get a firm grasp on how to set up and make the most of their security system.
To start things off here is a video on tips for camera placement:
Top Tips for Security Camera Placement
Here are some basics for premise security camera placement. Having an understanding or, in some cases, a position on these key considerations can help you get the most value from your security investment.
- Hidden camera placement for monitoring – reducing the visibility of your camera can help you monitor an area without being intrusive. Placement in a corner with limited lighting or within a tree overlooking your property can accomplish this.
- Purposeful positioning for vandalism deterrence – having a security camera in plain view (i.e. on top of an entrance door) reduces the likelihood of property damage.
- Think through each point of entry (constructed or unintentional) – knowing which areas, such as entrances or backdoors, that you want to monitor is important in helping you position your camera. Knowing also where people can forcibly enter (i.e. windows) may lead you to position a camera to watch over these areas as well.
- Ensure position allows for optimal network connectivity – for digital cameras that feed videos over LAN, test the connectivity and live feed of your camera. Having timely information is important, so make sure your camera is within the Wi-Fi network and performs under peak periods, delivering quality footage.
- Adjust the placement based on simulations – a law enforcement professional shared that security cameras are often placed too high to get a sweeping view and fail to get an optimal angle at the perpetrator’s face which is often concealed by a hood.
- Get the advice of a qualified professional – a qualified professional who has worked on numerous home and workplace premises can help you get an eagle-eye view of your security vulnerabilities without you missing the target or wasting time and money.
Areas on Premise to Consider Placing a Camera
Here are some the most common high traffic or risk prone areas for homes and businesses to consider setting up a surveillance system. This will help safeguard the individuals and assets located within your premises.
These areas in the home are of particular interest to monitor and review to ensure nothing out of the ordinary is happening, or to identify any trespassers that may be infringing on your home’s privacy.
- Garage area – since this is typically where a number of high-value assets like vehicles and mechanical tools are kept, having your security system monitor this area is crucial.
- Street-facing windows – Safe Sound Family suggests monitoring windows or access ways that are directly adjacent to the street since this is where most foot traffic will come from.
- Basement windows – there may be windows that expose the basement to intruders that can use it to access the rest of your home. Placing cameras here will provide an additional layer of security.
- Backyard / side gate – covering the pathways leading to your home is important. This article details how ensuring your camera is visible helps deter would-be intruders.
For businesses considering augmenting their security measures, particularly against identity theft or vandalism, here are some helpful spots for your cameras:
- Supply room – since this is home to a number of assets and is a shared environment, having monitoring capabilities here can help manage workplace supply usage and prevent vandalism or theft.
- Company vehicles – the addition of dash cams can help ensure the safety of your employees but also safeguard valuable company information that may be traveling with them.
- Records and filing room – information becomes a costly liability if inappropriately released. Organizations should consider monitoring the entrances of archival or record keeping areas of the office.
- Areas where significant volumes of cash are handled – ensure that transition points for financial resources are monitored, particularly with coverage at the cash register and money pick-up or entry points into and out of the office.
Use Camera Placement Simulators
Here are some great tools to help you plan for your upcoming security system project. Try these out to get a quick feel for what is required and the distance at which you should be placing your cameras to meet your requirements.
Pelco – Field of View Calculator Tool
This simple application helps you plan according to key parameters in surveillance monitoring. This tool can help security technicians plan for the right dimensions, image size, and lens. The tool also offers a quick visual for field-of-view and the possible objects and people that can be recorded with an arrangement.
IPVM – Fully Featured Outdoor Camera Placement Tool
This robust application lets you simulate how a camera could help you monitor by visualizing its field-of-vision. What makes this application even more effective is that it lets you choose actual surveillance cameras to help you see what the image quality will be like. The only limitation is that only outdoor simulation can be done, so those looking to secure their premises within must look elsewhere.
Floor Planner – Helps you Visualize and Place Security Cameras
If you are looking for a quick example of what a floor plan could look like with security cameras, see here. Floor Planner offers a quick and easy way to visualize your camera placements. Though the free trial version only allows you to create the plan, it is possible to take a screenshot to ensure you have a reference when reviewing your project.
Jay 360 Is the Quickest and Most Effective Way to Secure Your Premise
There are many more factors to consider when designing and installing a surveillance system. Jay 360 looks at not only helping you position your security system for effectiveness but also help you get the whole picture when it comes to making the right choice of products. Ensure you have the right tool for the job and when safeguarding your premise the right security advisor for the right peace of mind and privacy. You can rely on the knowledge and experience of Jay 360 to provide you with the best home security solutions. Digital or analog, we have you covered. We will recommend only the security products that meet your specific needs and budget.
Call on Jay360 to help you to plan the ideal security camera system to suit you and your needs, all at the very best value.
Read more from the Ultimate Guide to Surveillance Cameras
This series helps you choose and setup the best camera system for your next surveillance project: offering insights and direction to those wishing to secure their home and small business premises.
- Chapter 1 – Overview major manufacturers of surveillance cameras
- Chapter 2 – How to choose the best security camera model for your project
- Chapter 3 – What is the best analog surveillance cameras vs digital surveillance cameras
- Chapter 4 – Where to place surveillance cameras for the most security
- Chapter 5- The different types of security cameras
- Chapter 6 – How much do surveillance cameras cost?
- The Ultimate Guide to Surveillance Cameras – Overview