Don’t Make The Mistake Of Positioning Your Outdoor Security Cameras In The Wrong Place

There’s little point in spending your hard-earned money on outdoor security cameras only to go and position them poorly.

Don’t Make The Mistake Of Positioning Your Outdoor Security Cameras In The Wrong Place

Unfortunately, burglars don’t think as we do. They are sneaky and know how to evade cameras that have been poorly positioned.

In this article, we will showcase the dos and don’ts of home security camera positioning.

This industry advice will help you to ward off any wannabe thieves of the night and take back control of your home.

Burglars Can Run A Slick Operation

Sure, there will always be opportunist thieves who see a quiet house and chance it. But, these are the same thieves, who, nine times out of ten, get caught.

Unfortunately, the ones who are most likely to pull off a successful heist of your home are professionals who know exactly what they’re doing and never take unnecessary risks.

Thankfully outdoor security cameras (if properly installed) are a great deterrent for professional burglars.

Because, when you think about it, why would they risk a home that’s security camera protected when the next house down the street is camera free?

This is exactly why you want your home to be one of the security camera-protected ones.

Make Sure Your Cameras Are Easily Visible

It’s estimated that 83% of would-be home burglars will assess whether a house has adequate home security before making their move. Out of that 83%, 60% of them will find a less secure alternative.

The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) stated that installing noticeable security cameras means your home is three times less likely to be broken into.

We know this may seem like a no-brainer, but making sure at least one of your cameras is visible from street view has a proven track record for keeping thieves off your property for good. 

Where To Position Your Outdoor Security Cameras?

On top of deterring would-be burglars from coming onto your property and entering your home, well-placed security cameras have a couple more benefits too.

For intruders who are either too brazen or naive to ignore or notice your cameras, a properly positioned camera will help to identify them.

Capturing video evidence of an intruder coming onto your property, even if they didn’t actually steal anything, will be the best chance the police have of identifying and bringing them to justice.

Below we will look at four strategic places to place security cameras outside your home to deter, identify and catch burglars. 

1. Front Door

Leading from the front, your front door is the first place you should install a security camera.

Why? Because approximately 35% of burglars are daring enough to enter your home through the front door. Many homeowners are eager to install their security cameras on the eaves of their roof but refrain from that.

Buck the trend, and send a stern signal to burglars that they aren’t welcome through your front door. 

The perfect position for a front door camera is just above the door at around 7ft in height.

Make sure the camera is pointed down at an angle that offers the best chance of recording facial imagery and catching the bad guys. 

2. Side And Back Doors

As you now know, cameras that protect your home’s doors are the most beneficial means of deterring burglars.

Burglars are people too, and if you slip yourself into their sneaky shoes, it’s easy to see why the door is their favored entry point.

Doors are made for entering, and with the right tools, a burglar can make light work of a door lock. 

This is why sticking security cameras above any side and back doors that your home may have is your next best step of defense.

The back door is especially important because burglars are under the assumption that most back door locks aren’t as secure as front door locks.

In some respects, this is true, which is why you’ll want a camera back there too.

The back door is another obvious choice for a burglar because it’s more inconspicuous and likely away from your neighbors and the public eye (unlike the front). 

3. Windows

Don’t Make The Mistake Of Positioning Your Outdoor Security Cameras In The Wrong Place

Windows are another hot spot for burglars who are put off, for whatever reason, by a home’s doors. Burglars will naturally be attracted to windows that can’t be seen from the street or your neighbor’s home if they can avoid it.

This means cameras that point toward your home’s side and back windows are your best bet. It’s estimated that 23% of all home burglaries happen through first-floor windows.

This not-so-fun fact means that you have the potential to cut your home’s chances of being burgled quite considerably with window-facing security cameras.

4. Garages

Although it may not be the first port of call for a security camera, it makes total sense why a burglar might try their luck at the garage.

This is especially the case if your doors and windows are protected by security cameras and your garage door is not.

It’s true that garage doors generally make an excessive amount of noise when opened, but if it’s the only entry without a camera on it, a burglar may take their chances and open it ever so quietly.

The stats don’t lie and with 9% of all home burglaries happening through the garage, it pays to place a camera that covers the entire door and more.

To do this, you’ll need to fit the camera a good distance back from the door (they aren’t small). The same rule can be applied to all home doors – the golden 7ft tall rule is your best bet of gaining facial recognition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Power An Outdoor Wireless Security Camera?

Wireless security cameras are mostly powered by a wireless transmitter and batteries.

This is a super easy and non-committal way to fit your home with security cameras without spending thousands of dollars on installation fees.

Just make sure that the cameras are within range and ready to receive power from the transmitter.

How Far Will A Wireless Security Camera Work?

Wireless security cameras work really well up until they don’t. What we mean by this is that, like all transmissions, they have a range.

Once the range is reached the transmission will break down and the camera won’t work very well (if at all).

In general, a premium wireless security camera should reach about 150 feet within a home environment, though, this is not always the case.

Extra thick walls and other obstacles can bring this number down to say 50 feet tops.

If, however, there are no obstructions, then a wireless camera’s range can reach up to 500 feet and still work just fine. 


As is evidenced by the stats, facts, and industry standards in this article, outdoor security cameras are very useful tools for deterring burglars.

Although incredibly rare, the thought of someone entering your home without your knowledge is a terrifying one.

By keeping your doors, windows, and garage security protected with cameras, you’ll be doing your family a great service by keeping them safe.

David Jones