Where You Should Place Security Cameras Around Your Home: Best Locations

Kenneth Wilson

The placement of your security system's cameras and sensors determines its effectiveness. You can better safeguard your home and property by considering the best location for security cameras.

One camera being installed is a mistake that some individuals make. Most cameras only have a limited amount of rotation and zoom... as such, a good rule of thumb would be installing home security cameras in various locations all over your house– just like door and window sensors. Perhaps the most obvious entry points should include security cameras: ground-floor windows and entrances, particularly the main entrance and side or back doors.

Let's discuss the best camera locations for home security so you know where to install your following high-tech cameras. (Related: Home Security: Best Tips to Keep Your New Home Safe, Secure, and Sound)

The Best Places to Install Your Security Cameras

Instead of concentrating on how many security cameras to install, think about where and around your home will offer the most expansive viewing angles. While every property is built differently, most of them have busy areas that are more prone to burglaries, as many of these areas as cameras can cover you.

  • Side, back, and front doors: The front or rear door is used by more than one-third of burglars to enter a house. Install exterior cameras over or close to any entrance doors to your home.
  • Driveways: Intruders might approach your house by walking down your driveway or attempting to open your garage door. You can spot unusual activities by mounting an external camera above the driveway.
  • Common places: If thieves break into your house, they might be tempted to look for valuables in particular rooms, such as the living room and master bedroom. Use cameras to keep an eye on these areas.
  • Stairways: Some houses include basements or balconies with stairs leading to entrance points that criminals can use to enter the house. Install a camera on the stairwell to watch for any shady activity.

Due to their solitude, off-street windows don't face a street and could be more vulnerable to break-ins. Use indoor cameras that face the windows in question, or install external cameras above them.

Best Locations for Home Security Cameras

Though it is essential to think about the weak spots in your own home, there are some locations that criminals frequently target.

Common security flaws include:


Most break-ins use this entrance since it is the most visible way for crooks to get inside your house. Consider placing the home security device at the second-story level or enclosing it in a wire cage to prevent anything from being thrown at the delicate CCTV cameras.

Exterior Windows

Since there are no onlookers from the public, windows that do not face a busy street or road may appeal more to thieves. In addition to cameras, always remember to pay attention to your windows and keep them closed and locked anytime you leave the house.

Side and Back Doors

Any entrance to your property is a possible way for a criminal to enter your personal space. Since doors are your most vulnerable areas, ensure that some cameras are pointed at them. To avoid tampering, follow the same safety procedures mentioned in the previous step. Patio and French doors are particularly vulnerable to break-ins, so strengthen them with thick glass and a strategically placed CCTV camera.


Whether it's a shed stuffed to the gills with expensive gardening equipment or a garden crammed with playthings for the kids, our gardens frequently include many valuable objects that make them attractive to thieves. Have a few well-placed cameras and some security lights to keep this area safe and secure. These components can serve as strong deterrents to criminals, making them hesitant to enter your garden.


There is a widespread notion that CCTV cameras are only helpful outside. Installing a camera inside your home, with the lens focused on the windows or doors, can capture a burglar entering your residence. You'll also be provided a complete view of their face for more straightforward identification.

The only drawback to installing cameras indoors is that a burglar must first enter your house to see them, so they are less visually deterrent. Ask a security expert for additional guidance on where to install home security cameras, and they will be able to provide some insight.


Although some homeowners might not think to keep an eye on their garage, criminals frequently use this entrance. Therefore, it's crucial to maintain your garage secure whether or not it houses expensive equipment.

A camera pointing toward the garage or driveway is ideal for seeing indications of suspicious behavior. Alternatively, you might want to position the camera inside the garage and aim it at a position that will allow the light from the open door to illuminate the dim inside.

With that being said, let's discuss some areas where you should avoid installing security cameras:

  • An area where your neighbor's privacy is infringed upon should not have security cameras installed. You must respect the privacy of others in your community, even while cameras are great for personal security.
  • Confirm with local laws (and with the neighborhood homeowners association) to be sure you won't have to take your installation down, as state-specific regulations on cameras and privacy vary. It is typically acceptable to film your neighbor's property visible to the public in the background when installing outside security cameras with a broad field of view.
  • If you use the footage for non-security purposes or if your camera captures areas where your neighbors have a right to privacy, there may be legal repercussions (for instance, if you can look into their toilets or beds). Keep in mind that these rules only apply to video surveillance. Audio recording without knowledge or consent is typically forbidden.
  • Avoid placing one in the toilet and the bedroom. It would make sense to want to keep a careful eye on any kids or older people residing in your home. However, some locations have a right to anticipate privacy. Additionally, there is a potential that a hacker will gain access to a camera that can view your private parts if you use a monitoring service.
  • The rooms of small children are good places to invest in baby monitors. As a networked home security system, motion detectors and glass break sensors can be mounted on doors and windows. Also, seniors should think about getting a personal medical alert system.

Expert-Backed Security Camera Placement Tips

Here are some practical tips to keep in mind regarding the best location for home security cameras.

  • If there have ever been any previous break-ins, identify where exactly on the property they took place.
  • Identify the weakest points in your house. Although some of them, like the front entrance, will be common, you should determine which vulnerabilities your house possesses. Other vulnerable spaces in your home include those with obscured windows and doors and rooms with poor lighting.
  • Ensure that your security cameras won't be affected by the weather, for example, by checking to see if any vegetation has grown in its path to block it. Additionally, please stay away from positioning your cameras in an area where the sun's harsh glare will interfere with their ability to capture clear photos.
  • Night vision and weatherproofing are two more features that can improve the efficiency of your cameras and guarantee that they function correctly in all circumstances.
  • Raise the cameras. Correct placement is essential when deciding where to install home security cameras. Every camera should be out of reach, so it is difficult to knock it over or damage it. Keep indoor cameras close to the ceiling and install external cameras on the second story, at least nine feet above the ground.
  • Ensure the cameras are firmly fixed as well. Some cameras can adhere to surfaces with adhesives, but it is more secure to screw them directly into a wall.
  • Both the actual placement of the camera and finding the ideal angle to complement it are crucial. You might only catch the top of a burglar's head if you install your home security cameras straight above windows or doors and fail to position them correctly. Ideally, place them a foot from a window or door and tilt the camera down toward the door.
  • Think about Wi-Fi signal quality. To record and transmit video, your home security cameras must have dependable access to a strong Wi-Fi signal. The camera could become disconnected from your home security system without an internet connection. The video may be jerky or distorted if the Wi-Fi signal is poor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I layout an outdoor security camera?

Homes and businesses have different scopes in the layout process for outdoor security cameras. Typically, cameras should be installed in average residences no higher than 12 feet from the ground to be out of reach and at the proper distance to capture the most transparent camera image possible.

Outdoor security cameras typically have a higher vantage point and can capture more information at a distance. While each camera's specs are different, surveillance with zooming capabilities may be set higher. However, older zooming cameras and cameras operating at night perform worse at greater distances. The size of the camera lens should explicitly determine placement. The larger the lens, the wider the area the outdoor security camera can cover.

Should my home security cameras be visible?

There isn't much hiding space for outdoor security cameras, which are often bullet cameras. Security cameras, however, usually discourage crimes like burglary and the destruction of private property.

Should security cameras be above or below lights?

Light fixtures shouldn't obstruct surveillance cameras in general or outdoor security cameras in particular. The light must be positioned above the camera if one is placed close to the other. A camera should never be directed straight at the light since the light will neutralize the camera.

Kenneth Wilson
October 11, 2022
Contractor Tips, Exterior

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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