Just to make things plain and simple, this page is about outlining a few helpful rules for follow in home security camera set up. Security cameras are incredibly adept at deterring and capturing crooks, as long as they happen to be set up correctly. The problem for many homeowners is that no matter how intuitive camera placement and installation may seem, mistakes happen all the time. So to save you the hassle, just keep these four rules in mind as you set up your system like a master!

Rule 1- Location, Location, Location

Project 113629983What’s true of real estate and business planning is also true of security camera placement. You’d be surprised how many unsuspecting homeowners pick eaves upon which to perch their camera only to discover later the blind spot caused by a tree on the porch or another eaves on the house. The location of each camera should be chosen specifically to monitor an access into the house. Make sure that there is nothing blocking the camera, no trees, decorative grasses, or other buildings. Also consider covering each location with more than one camera for full coverage.

Rule 2- Never Settle For Less Than The Best

You deserve quality security, owning your own home is a piece of the American dream, and so is protecting it. Don’t sell yourself short by visiting the discount sites that offer generic equipment. Trust name brands, or do your homework and read up on comparative review of difference devices. It’s sad but a large majority of discount devices won’t even work fresh out of the box. Selecting a professional security company is one of the best ways to get discounts on devices.

Rule 3- Motion Detection

motion-alarms-135448943Cool innovations in recent years have provided homeowners with many more options than your run-of-the-mill analog camera. These days cameras are fitted with smart abilities, like motion detection. Motion detection cameras will turn on when they detect motion in their field of view. Additionally they can notify you when they are turned on and filming someone on your property. This will save you space on your hard drive, since you only have to store footage from when they’re sensors are tripped.

Rule 4- Use the Right Cameras For The Right Coverage

While we’re all about gadgets and innovation, we’re not saying you should always buy the most complex device on the market. PTZ (pan, tilt, and zoom) cameras can look all around while filming, but only if you’re controlling them. So even if they are capable of turning to see the whole back yard, they’ll only film what they’re pointed at. Along the same lines certain cameras have a fixed focal length, which means they can only see one distance, if you place these cameras too close or too far away they’ll never capture what you want them to capture. Instead settle for two simple cameras that can cover the area of one PTZ or varifocal camera pointed right where it needs to be.

There are so many more rules you could follow as well, but these four are a good head start to designing a security camera layout that will keep you covered and keep the bad guys at bay.