For any homeowner, safety is a highly important factor that should be taken seriously. One of the main purposes of a home is to act as a safe haven, and when you constantly have the notion in the back of your head that your home is, in fact, not secure, it can be deeply disconcerting and stressful.
That is one reason why many people call on Redlands Lock and Key — we often service residential locks and keys because people are either trying to mitigate a disaster, recover from one, or a combination of both. Changing the locks in your home is a great way to make things more secure, and it’s a service that we’ll always recommend to someone who wants a feeling of extra security.
However, there are also other ways to protect your home, and one of those is security cameras. In the spirit of keeping your home safe, we’re here to offer some tips on where to place security cameras for maximum efficacy against would-be thieves.
In the Main Entry
This, of course, is the most obvious option for a camera. A camera at the front door is useful for multiple purposes — first and foremost, it will detect any thieves or intruders who are foolish enough to try to enter through the main entry. Secondly, it’s also useful for deterring “porch pirates,” thieves who prey on freshly delivered Amazon packages.
However, security isn’t the only reason why it’s nice to have a camera at your front door. On a day-to-day basis, it also gives you a clear view of anyone who comes knocking. This allows you to get a reading on who’s visiting, without that awkward moment of you quite obviously looking through the peephole to size up your guest.
Got an annoying guest ringing your doorbell that you don’t want to deal with? Your handy-dandy camera will let you know when solicitors, political canvassers, religious folks, or desperate exes are waiting at the door, and if you don’t want to answer, well, we won’t tell anyone that you were actually home the whole time.
Monitoring the Sides
Here’s the thing — while a front door camera is definitely an excellent deterrent, the reality is that most intruders are smart enough to not walk straight through the main entry. They’ll likely pursue other ways into your house, and that’s why it’s useful to have cameras that cover the sides of your home. If positioned well, you’ll be able to monitor both sides, and capture footage of anyone who moves through the vicinity.
Suppose that a thief wants to sneak around into the backyard to try to enter, instead of going through a door, window, or garage in the front. They’ll either sneak through the sides, or slip into your backyard from a neighboring yard. In both instances, a side-monitoring camera may be able to catch their movements. It’s hard to put them in a spot where you can see everything, but it usually tells you enough to give a clear idea of where the intruder is going, and where they plan to enter. If you’ve followed up with cameras in other spots, you’ll catch ‘em right in their tracks.
Planted In the Yard
When people are placing security cameras, their first thought is often to place them on the house so they can monitor people coming up to points of entry. This is nice, especially when the camera is conspicuous, because it often sends a clear message to intruders that they’re being watched. But if you truly want to be able to see what’s happening to your home at all times, you can’t go wrong with planting a camera in your yard — one which can observe the entire front or back face of the house.
This is advantageous for a few reasons. First of all, a savvy thief can work around a camera that’s sticking out and conspicuous. It might be a hassle, sure, but if they’re really determined, they can do what needs to be done in order to stay out of sight, and you may end up looking at a broken window.
When a camera is planted in the yard from a distance, it captures everything. You’ll be able to see an intruder approach, assess their options, and change their route. But the joke’s on them — no matter how much they think they’re evading you, you’ll capture everything. This option is also nice because it’s easy to hide a camera inside a bush or underneath a plant, allowing you to catch thieves completely unaware unless they were already privy to the camera’s location.
The other upside to yard cameras is that they are also useful on a day-to-day basis, especially if you have kids. It’s nice being able to keep an eye on them remotely if they’re playing outside, allowing you to act quickly if kids happen to injure themselves as kids often do.
Second Floor Access
While this would certainly be covered if you’re making use of the aforementioned lawn cameras, one of their downsides is that they can be easily disabled — a thief who knows of their location can move them out of place with a simple nudge. Even if the thief is entirely unaware of their existence, kids, balls, and animals can move them accidentally, and it’s possible for plantlife to obscure their view if you’re not being vigilant.
That’s why it’s never a bad idea to have a camera monitoring your second-floor entryways if you live in a multi-floor home. While most houses don’t have doors inside on the second floor, they do have windows, and there’s quite often a convenient slanted roof that gives easy access to them. Sometimes, getting on top of a roof is trivial, with trees or fences nearby that make it easy. But even if that’s not true, a dedicated thief could just bring a ladder.
He may think he’s being clever, until your rooftop camera catches him red-handed! While this may feel like overkill, you won’t regret investing in this kind of security if you’re able to successfully prevent a break-in attempt.
Calling a Locksmith After a Break-In
While you want to keep your home as safe as possible, intrusions and break-ins can happen, especially if you’re not around to actively watch your camera feeds. If you’re in a position where you need to replace your locks, whether it’s for prevention or damage control, Redlands Lock and Key is here to help. We’ve helped countless homeowners in southern California to secure their homes with high-quality locks that are highly resistant to malicious access. Keep your home safe by contacting us today!