How to Make the Most of Security Cameras


60% of burglars will steer clear of homes with a security camera system, according to Credit Donkey. As a result, purchasing and installing a complete home surveillance system can help you have an edge against these burglars. Other than scaring them away, home security cameras can also help record a crime in action, which can be pivotal in catching burglars.

However, your home security is only as good as the camera system that you choose and where you place the cameras. Ideally, you should use high definition cameras with all the necessary features you need like wide angle viewing, infrared night vision, and pan-tilt-zoom capabilities to further improve your home surveillance. Once you pick the right cameras, you should place them in areas where they will provide reliable security for your home.

Here is how to best place your home security cameras for maximum security:

Identify Your Weak Spots

Burglars prefer unsecured doorways and windows as their main entry points into any home, according to More specifically, they will look for entryways to your home that are hidden away from the public view. This will include windows that are behind a bush and your backyard doors.

While it is essential to have cameras close to every entryway, give priority to placing cameras close to the hidden entry points. On the other hand, such cameras should be kept as far from reach as possible to avoid having a burglar tamper with them. Ideally, try to place them on the second floor if possible. If this isn’t possible, place them at least nine feet high.

Ensure There is Enough Lighting

The best cameras to use for night time security would be those equipped with night vision capabilities. However, if you can’t get such cameras, you should at least place your cameras in a spot with enough lighting. This way, it will be quite easy to spot an intruder in the dark.

Additionally, ensure that the lighting goes far beyond the field of view of the camera to improve visibility. You should also avoid placing cameras facing directly towards the sun as this can easily spoil surveillance quality.

Have Both Indoor and Outdoor Cameras

If a burglar manages to circumvent your outdoor security cameras, your indoor cameras will help monitor their movement inside the house. You can easily identify the rooms that the burglars visit and what they steal from you. They can also be pivotal in hostage situations where you would like to identify where a malicious burglar is in your home and avoid getting into contact with them.

Place indoor cameras in almost every room in your home, and mostly in your corridors. The more visibility you have, the better. You can then choose to control them from a central security spot to promote visibility.

Pair Your Cameras with Other Security Features

Cameras will be great for video surveillance, but they do have blind spots. A burglar can manage to escape cameras, but pairing them with extra security steps will ensure that they can’t get too far. For instance, you can use motion sensors alongside your camera system.

If a person tries to break into your home, you can easily be alerted or your security service providers can be notified through the use of both sensors and your camera. You should consider placing motion sensors along you corridors and doorways as well as placing your sensors in easy to enter stops of your home. In case you choose to walk the self-monitoring path, such a detailed security system will provide you with enough evidence of a crime as well as help stop theft from happening.


It might only take experienced burglars a few seconds to break into your home, and anything that can stall them from doing so can work to your advantage. As long as you have a well-placed security system, you can at least stop the typical burglar and maintain the evidence of a break in. Consider the tips above to feel safer at home.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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4 years ago

Amazing post, thanks for sharing.

Mariam Hacking
4 years ago

I am really enjoying reading your well written article. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work.

Sarah Smith
4 years ago

I really like your advice to have both indoor and outdoor cameras so that you can monitor movement inside your home in case a burglar gets past the outdoor security. That would probably also be useful in making sure my kids do their chores while I am at work. I’ll start looking into residential security cameras.

Stefan Bradley
4 years ago

You make a good point when you mention how you should focus on placing cameras near hidden entrances to your home. My wife and I have a small door that leads to the basement in our backyard, and we are worried that a burglar would be able to easily enter the house since the door is fragile. It might be best for us to install some cameras.

dev Chauhan
4 years ago

Nice blog! Thanks for sharing this vital information to help us milk the maximum benefits out of our security cameras. The tips you suggested are easy to implement and will come handy. I am sure these will make security systems more efficient! In case you are looking for top quality and reliable security cameras, kindly visit

Tayyaba Fatima
3 years ago

nice article