Hidden Home Security Cameras: Tips to Install

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Hidden home security cameras are a valuable asset to a home’s overall safety plan. Yet hidden home security cameras installed haphazardly can create coverage dead zones or may result in video signal erosion, leaving you unprotected. Take the following steps to install hidden home security cameras.

Hidden cameras may lead to mind Cold War-era spy dramas or suspicious-looking teddy cubs hiding nanny cams. Still, with the growth of new technology like DIY home security systems and video doorbells, covert surveillance is increasing among those looking to maintain an eye on, yes, nannies, but also housekeepers, home health aides (especially for seniors), and package deliveries.

1. Choose Wired or Wireless Cameras: Wired security cameras send the feed to a central hub via coaxial or PoE (Power Over Ethernet) cables. You can place cameras anywhere the lines can reach, though the wires need to be run within walls or in the ceiling. Wireless security cameras transfer the feed to the hub through wireless signals. With no transmission wires needed, wireless cameras have added flexibility. But they still need wall power or battery power.

2. Position Cameras Perfectly: Observed areas are not necessarily identical places as where the cameras are positioned. Indoors, it usually gives the sense to locate the Camera in the same room. Corners give you the most comprehensive view of the room. For controlling outdoor locations, you may discover that it’s best to install the camera indoors. For instance, setting the Camera on a rear room window sill might provide the best angle to have an expansive view of the courtyard.

3. Know Power Source: All security cameras require power. Wire-free cameras provide you the most autonomy of placement because they run off of onboard batteries. However, wireless security cameras need to be within 6 feet of a power outlet, as each Camera requires its power source.

4. Monitor Key Areas: Any section of the house exterior is a likely entry point for invaders. But you’ll need to narrow those entry points to the ones where intruders are most likely to access. Over 34% of intruders come through the following target areas that need monitoring:

  • Front door       First-floor window      Back door        Garage             Backyard         Driveway

5. Acknowledge Signal Transmission: In tandem with the power store, decide how the security camera will carry its feedback to the principal hub, whether the hub might be a networked video recorder (NVR), digital video recorder (DVR), or Wi-Fi. Wireless security cameras convey a clear, dependable signal through open areas or thin, less dense walls or floors. Wired security cameras utilize physical PoE cables or coaxial cables to transfer the call back to the core. The signal should be perfect and precise.

6. Install Camera Correctly: The most dependable security camera mount uses two or three bolts to fasten the camera base immediately into a stud, outdoor siding, or drywall with anchors.

7. Aim Carefully Through Windows: Experiment with different angles. Attempt turning off the IR or night vision feature. Or drape the Camera with a bit of a towel to block room light from shining on the glass.

8. Choose Ideal Height: High mounting locations work best since they hold the security camera out of reach of intruders, prying children, or curious pets—Mount the security camera about 8 to 10 feet above the ground for outdoor installations. Then, angle the Camera slightly downward.

9. Beware of Legalities: Never record or view areas where a person reasonably expects privacy, usually bedrooms and bathrooms. But the “expectation of privacy” legal criterion can apply to any space in or around the home. Apprehending only your home is fine. Targeting particular areas of a neighbor’s residence usually is not okay and may be interpreted as harassment.