If you found us while searching information on security cameras, then you already know that security cameras can truly help in preventing your home from having that bull’s eye mark and being a target for thieves or intruders, right?

However, you likely have a number of questions about security cameras such as where to best place your camera(s). The effectiveness of your security camera’s is highly influenced by where you put the equipment.

Front point vs. Simplisafe? You’ll also want to research different cameras available. There are many to choose from, so you’ll want to choose wisely.  Whichever security camera you choose, it is still the equipment’s placement that will be most critical upon installation. Here are the top tips that will help you plan where to install the security cameras to maximize the effectiveness.

Where to Place the Home Security Cameras?

We know we are repeating ourselves here, but positioning of the security cameras plays a vital role in providing adequate surveillance of your home.   If you are new to security camera installation, these are some recommended spots according to home security statistics for your security camera placement.

Surveillance Camera Located at the Front Door

According to some statistics, there is up to a 34 percent chance that thieves will attempt entry through the front door —which means this access point is one worth monitoring.

Placing your camera at a second-floor level with a clear view of the entry door will go a long way to avoid thieves knocking out the camera.  If you do not have a second-floor location from which to mount a camera, then you could place your security camera in an ‘enclosure’  made from welded wire fabric (as an example)  to help protect it from tampering.

Putting Security Cameras Back Door

The back door is another obvious concern when considering where an intruder may enter.   When possible, it is recommended that you place cameras at all door, including any side entry doors.  Intruders will often try all entry doors as their preferred method of entry.

Security Cameras Near Off-Street Windows

One study showed 23 percent of burglars will break into a home through a rear window, which is away from the view of the street. Take a walk all the way around your home and give consideration to the location of each window, what surrounds it, and what can be viewed from that location.

Burglars decrease their chances of getting caught by being out of the sight from any cars that might pass by. If you have windows that are out of view from neighbors or perhaps windows that are in a very private part of your yard shielded by shrubs or trees, these windows may be tempting for thieves.

Other Places You May Want to Consider

Thieves don’t like security cameras.  Typically, they will avoid homes that have (or appear to have) surveillance equipment.  If you have placed cameras at your front door, back door, and off-street windows, you may have already deterred up to 80 percent of thieves, intruders, or criminals from breaking into your home. Consider placing camera ‘dummies’ that you will find for purchase. These can be additional deterrents at a lesser cost, putting the actual cameras in the most vulnerable areas.

Other places you may want to consider installing security cameras could include the following:

  • Second floor
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Driveways


Here are some questions to consider while you are doing your research:

  • How many security surveillance cameras will I need?
  • What areas around your home may be vulnerable?
  • Did your home already have experienced a break-in? If there was, where was it?
  • Do you need other security tools such as camera ‘dummies’ or protective coverings?

There is a lot of information on this fast-changing technology.  A bit of upfront research will save you time and money, give you peace of mind, and keep your home and family more secure.

Author’s Bio

Tyler Pack is a real estate consultant and journalist, with a passion for smart homes technology. He is keen on writing about home and property security, and cybersecurity.

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