What Are The Best Places To Place Security Cameras In A Home Or Apartment?

If you are looking to install security cameras in your home or apartment, you are probably wondering what the best places are to place those cameras. With the fact that home security cameras are generally quite expensive, finding ways to efficiently place them should be one of your main concerns. This not only ensures maximum effectiveness when attempting to identify intruders but also makes it less likely that several cameras will be necessary.

When it comes to placement, the decision will come down to what your overall intention is. If you are trying to deter intruders altogether, then placing them in areas where they can be seen makes it less likely that a burglar will even attempt to enter or rob your home. If, however, your main goal is to identify intruders, then you will want to be sure that they are placed in areas that cannot be seen or identified.

No matter what your intention is, you will want to ensure that the camera cannot be easily reached by anyone. Taking the time to install your camera in areas that are difficult to get to will obviously make it much more likely that they cannot be damaged by an intruder.

In order to get a better idea of the exact places that you should be placing your cameras, let’s take a look at the most common areas of homes that serve as entryways for criminals:

Looking at the Statistics



According to information from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, over 80% of burglars enter homes through the first floor. Their statistics go on to point out that 34% enter through the front door, 23% enter through a window, and 22% enter through the back door.

From there 9% enter through the garage, 4% enter through the basement, and only 2% enter through a storage area. With these statistics in mind, it is clear that the three main areas that should be focused on are the front door, back door, and first floor windows.

Front Door


The front door should obviously be your main concern when placing a camera in your home or apartment. When placing the camera, you want to be sure that you are putting it in an area where you can completely see both the door and as much area surrounding the door as possible.

Being able to see the door is important as it will give you the best opportunity to identify an intruder as they attempt to break in. If you are placing this on the inside of your home or apartment, putting it away from the door and at the highest possible point surrounding your door is probably your best option.

Back Door



Placing a camera for your back door should be done in the same way that you would for the front. In this instance, however, the optimal place for your camera is an area where you can see the door and through the windows surrounding your door.

First Floor Windows

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Unless you plan on purchasing several cameras, it will be very difficult to monitor every first floor window of your home or apartment. For this reason, you should instead focus on putting your camera in an area that shows the widest range of windows (such as the book shelf in your living room).

The Final Word

While it is difficult to identify the optimal place to put your cameras, statistics say that the front door, back door, and first floor windows should be your main concern. Finding the best way to efficiently place your cameras to monitor those areas can help ensure that your home or apartment is properly monitored.

Becoming a dad ignited my interest in home security. I started with security systems and quickly fell in love with the fast-evolving internet of things (IoT). I love to review home security and smart home products, and learn about new technologies in the IoT space.

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