Where Should You Put Security Cameras Around the House?

This is a tough question to answer without knowing the layout of your home and the features of your security cameras.

However, most homeowners would benefit from installing security cameras at:

  • The front door
  • Back & side doors
  • First-floor windows
  • Driveway
  • Garage

In this article, we’ll help you safeguard your home by providing placement tips and other factors to consider as you’re installing your security cameras.


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The front door

According to InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) 34% of burglars enter through the front door of a home.

To fortify your home’s most vulnerable entrance, we suggest a well-placed security camera that can pick up and record activity at the front entrance of your home.

Our suggestion? A video doorbell is most effective at stopping would-be burglars. These small cameras are installed by the front door and are activated by any type of motion. Once the video doorbell senses motion, it alerts the homeowner via smartphone notification. They even have two-way speakers so that homeowners can communicate with anyone at the front door.

At Richmond, we offer Skybell video doorbells for our customers. This particular type of video doorbell offers night vision, free cloud recording with no monthly fees and more to homeowners who want stronger front door protection. Learn more here.

Back & side doors

According to the same InterNachi study referenced above, 22% of burglars will try to enter a home via the back door. That’s why we suggest placing security cameras to capture any activity that occurs at the back and side doors of your home.

We suggest placing a security camera above any side or back doors in your home. If you have a 2nd story, place cameras at the 2nd story level. If you don’t have a 2nd story, place cameras at least 10-12 feet above the ground to prevent burglars from tampering with/damaging the camera.

First-floor windows

Many burglars will resort to entering your home via the first-floor windows if the doors are locked (or protected by security cameras). First-floor windows that don’t face the street are particularly tempting for burglars.

Our suggestion is to place visible cameras high above the windows that face down and can capture movement along the entire side of the home. We also suggest pairing an outdoor camera with an indoor camera that’s facing outside and is clearly visible. This will scare off any burglar that doesn’t want to be identified before they even enter the home.

Driveway & garage

Cameras placed above the garage can usually pick up activity at the garage and in the driveway.

We suggest placing the camera at least 12 feet above the ground. If the camera is motion-activated, make sure you place the camera where intruders are likely to walk across the camera’s path—not directly towards the camera. This will make it easier for the camera to pick up movement.

Other factors to consider with home security cameras

  • Make sure cameras are in well-lit areas but not directly facing the sun.
    If cameras are directly facing the sun, this will impair the quality of the video and can even prevent motion-activated cameras from detecting motion.
  • Opt for night vision cameras or pair cameras with motion detector lights. Night vision cameras provide uncompromised protection during the day and all through the night. If night vision cameras aren’t available, placing your security cameras next to motion detector lights is the next best option.
  • Make sure your security camera placement is legal. This can be a tricky feat for homeowners. The best rule-of-thumb to follow is to make sure that your security cameras are placed to pick up movement within your property but doesn’t record activity in your neighbor’s property. To avoid any legal issues, we suggest letting one of our licensed security professionals install your security cameras for you.

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We offer a wide variety of video surveillance products and services. If you’re interested in installing home security cameras, our licensed security professionals can inspect your house and pinpoint exactly where security cameras should be placed.

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