Home Security Systems: Placing Your Surveillance Cameras

Many homeowners with home security systems choose to install surveillance cameras somewhere one their property or in their home. It provides greater peace of mind for those living in the home, and it can act as a great burglar deterrent and a way to keep an eye on who comes and goes from the property. There are many varying benefits to having a security camera system installed in your home, and whether you’re installing ityourself or having a professional company install it, it’s good to know some tips for where and how you should place cameras around your property.

Wired vs. Wireless

1254480_84097959This is a great place to start. Will you be opting for a wired or a wireless camera system in your home? The advantages and disadvantages of each will greatly affect the price, the quality, and the placement of your cameras. For example, wired cameras tend to be bulkier and more difficult to conceal, and they usually cost more if you decide to have the cables professionally hidden in the walls. They do, however, tend to have a higher quality video feed that has less interference because they are directly connected to the viewing monitor or recording device.

Wireless cameras can sometimes be cheaper because they require less equipment, and they can come in smaller sizes than many wired cameras. They are also much simpler to mount since they don’t require any cables, which means that they can be mounted in a wider variety of areas in your home or on your property. The signal, however, is subject to more interference and easier interception, and other wireless devices can affect the quality of the feed.


Once you have determined whether you want wired or wireless security cameras, you will have to think about the lighting of the area you want them placed. You can find surveillance cameras that are made for all kinds of lighting, and the trick is matching the camera to the area. Each camera has what is called a Lux rating, and the lower the rating, the dimmer the area under surveillance can be. Some cameras even have lights attached to them to brighten up the area being recorded, while others, often called day/night cameras, are made to adapt to changing lighting, such as what may occur in outdoor settings.

One important thing to keep in mind with lighting is not to place a camera directly across from a source of light. A light that is at all directed toward the camera will wash out the image and make it difficult to see what is going on in the feed. It’s also not best to place the camera in a shady area overlooking a brightly lit area, as this will have a similar effect. For the most part, it’s best to place the camera in the same lighting as is being used in the area under surveillance. If you are having your security camera system professionally installed, make sure to inform the crew about your lighting concerns, and they should be able to make sure you have the proper cameras for each area and that they are mounted in ideal positions to provide a well-lit video feed.

Outdoor Placement

Security Camera or CCTV isolate on white background 478836331If you want to have security cameras placed on the outside of your home or about your grounds, you will need cameras that have certain levels of weather resistance. Cameras with lower IP ratings will be best used indoors, or only outdoors if under shelter. This shelter could include a deep overhang or the shelter over a patio. A great ideal place for outdoor security cameras is just beneath the roof where it meets an outer wall. The higher the IP rating for a camera, the more weather-resistant or weather-proof it will be. If the outside of your home doesn’t provide many ideal sheltered areas or if you need a specific camera angle that can’t be met beneath an overhang, you may want to invest in a weather-proof camera with an IP rating of 66 or 67, as these cameras can be placed in areas where they will meet direct contact with the elements. Depending upon your location, you will also want to look for weather-specific cameras that are particularly made to withstand certain extreme temperatures or weather.