Surveillance systems are known to deter crime and protect homes from burglary and theft. 65.8% of burglaries are residential. Burglars are most likely to target homes that look unprotected and unoccupied. Most burglaries take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. while most people are in school or at work. Burglars know they don’t have a lot of time before alarm systems or neighbors notify police so they are in and out in just a few minutes which can make identifying them or capturing them difficult. Surveillance cameras will be able to capture the burglar on video and the footage can be used to aid police in apprehending the burglar. Criminals are less likely to target homes that are equipped with surveillance systems, so a good system can even stop crime before it happens. Here we have the top four places to install surveillance cameras in your home to create a secure perimeter and prevent your home from becoming a target of burglars.
- Font Door- According to a study by the Washington Post, an estimated 34% of burglars enter the home through the front door. It is the most common entry point for burglars. Place cameras where they can’t be reached or tampered with. Fisheye cameras (pictured below) are discreet and not obvious to burglars. Cameras at the front entrance can also work as a high-tech peep hole so you can get a clear view of who is at your door before you answer. Front door cameras can also help if you are experiencing issues with mail and package theft or vandalism.
- First Floor Windows- This is the second most common entry point for burglars. Often they will use windows along the side of the house or behind bushes or trees so they can stay hidden from neighbors and passing cars. However, they won’t be able to hide from the cameras. Place the cameras outside above windows, perhaps mounted to the eaves where they are out of reach. Cameras can also be installed indoors, pointed at the windows. Dome cameras (pictured below) are a great option for outdoor monitoring because most are weatherproof and vandal-proof and burglars can’t see if the camera is pointing at them through the tinted dome. They are also pan/tilt/zoom capable so the angle on the camera can be easily changed.
- Back Door- 22% of burglars enter through the back door. It is a prime target because it is out of sight and can be easily kicked open regardless of an alarm system. The same rules apply for the back door as the front. Keep the camera out of reach and make it discreet.
- Hidden or Uncommon Entrances- Another 13% of burglars will enter through basements or garages. While these spots may be out of view or difficult to reach, they are still potential targets for burglars. Noise from a break-in at these locations often goes unnoticed. Cameras can be mounted just inside these uncommon entry points in a discreet location so as to not attract more attention to the hidden entry. The cameras should be night vision capable since many of these entrances are in dark or shadowy areas.
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