27 Nov 2019

The importance of positioning for outdoor cameras

Hazel Whittingham, Smart Residential Senior Product Manager at Yale, offers advice on where to position outdoor camera systems to ensure your home is guarded against unwanted visitors.

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Building your own home takes many months, if not years, of hard work and investment. Once complete, it’s only natural that you should want to protect your new home with a reliable security system.

Outdoor cameras are a great deterrent that will help you to keep a close eye on the outside of your build, enabling you to catch any unwanted visitors in the act.

So, you’ve done your research and got all the kit, all you need now is to know where to position your outdoor cameras to ensure you have the upper hand over thieves.

Cover your points of entry

A crime survey for England and Wales discovered that, in incidents of domestic burglary, thieves gained entry through an external door around 70% of the time. So, while it may seem obvious, it remains crucial to point out the importance of securing your front entrance.

With most break-ins taking place via the front door, positioning a security camera in full view not only acts as a great deterrent, but also allows you to keep a close eye on comings and goings to your home.

Your back and side doors also offer another point of entry and an opportunity for thieves to enter. They’re particularly attractive to burglars, as they’re often out-of-sight from the street, allowing intruders the privacy they need to make a clean entry and exit. They are also often less secure than front doors. So, if you are currently in the build process, take the opportunity to have security-rated doors and windows installed and equip them with anti-snap locking mechanisms and locks that carry the British Kite Mark (BS 3621-2017).

The crime survey also discovered that thieves access homes through a window around 30% of the time – particularly those at the back of the house. Foil their plans for privacy by positioning your cameras towards any off-street windows. Furthermore, wherever your camera is placed, make sure it is high enough so it can’t be tampered with.

Look out for outbuildings

Don’t forget, it’s not just your home you need to keep an eye on. Your outbuildings, such as garages, sheds or workshops, may also contain valuables, so it makes sense to guard them with the same robust measures you use to protect the contents of your home.

As well as positioning your camera towards any outbuildings you have, make sure you keep items locked up with closed shackle padlocks and tamper-proof hinges. You may even want to consider an alarm system if your shed or garage contains particularly valuable items.

Garden and driveways

Cameras located around the perimeter of your home can keep tabs on anyone approaching or any suspicious activity. However, it’s also a great way to keep an eye on children and pets while they are enjoying the great outdoors.

A word of warning

You may be aware of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or you may have dismissed it as not relevant to you – as long as it stops those annoyingly persistent sales calls.

However, if you install outdoor cameras that capture footage of people outside the boundary of your home, for example, a neighbour, a shared space or public areas, then these privacy laws will apply to you.

There are hefty penalties for anyone who breaks these laws, so it’s better to play it safe and keep your cameras pointed within the space of your boundaries.

With all eyes pointed towards these security hotspots, your hard-earned home should now be only yours to enjoy.

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