Are you thinking about beefing up your home protection by putting up some home security cameras? In addition to wondering which cameras are best for your situation, you may wonder where you could place these cameras. As the industry’s largest sales, installation, and service field force, ADT has put together a guide on all the places a security camera could maximize your security and peace of mind.

Places you could use an indoor camera

Places you could use an outdoor camera

Top Benefits of Home Security Cameras for Four Demographics

How home security cameras can benefit you depends on your situation. Whether you are a homeowner, renter, owner of rental properties, or have a family or pets, all of these play a role in assessing your home security camera system needs.

Indoor security cameras: Your front door is one of the first lines of defense for your home, and making sure you have a good line of sight is important. For enclosed front porches, you should mount a camera in the corner, facing your entryway. Even if your front entrance isn’t enclosed, you can still mount a camera under an awning corner, facing the front door. For either scenario, you’re going to want to make sure you use a weatherproof camera.

Another option for your front door is a video doorbell camera. When someone stops by or a package is delivered, you can keep an eye on your entryway from wherever you are. Some setups even allow you to communicate with visitors using a mobile app.

Easy access points: Your front door may not be the only entrance to your home you’d like to keep an eye on. Many home security systems benefit from having cameras focused on first-floor windows, basements, back doors, side doors, or any other type of accessible entrance to your home.

Garages and driveways: Make sure your vehicles stay protected by setting up cameras to view your garage or driveway. Garages are another entryway worth monitoring to make sure your house is protected.

Front and backyard: Whether you want to keep an eye on the kids while they play in the yard or have a pet that needs to be let in, cameras set up to survey the yard let you know what’s happening. It’s important to keep others’ privacy in mind with any outdoor cameras, though. The area you monitor should not include any large areas outside of your own property.

ADT Outdoor Security Camera Options

ADT provides customers with quality outdoor security equipment you can trust. From mounted and wireless video cameras to interactive doorbell cameras, we’ve got you covered.

ADT outdoor security cameras: These cameras offer a clear, 720p HD image in well-lit as well as low-light environments. Their weatherproof design makes them perfect for outdoor security. They’re also motion activated, meaning you’ll receive video clips anytime the camera senses movement.

ADT video doorbell camera: Check who is at the door, keep an eye on deliveries, and talk to whoever comes to your doorstep with this doorbell camera. It records in 720p HD video and acts as a two-way radio when you connect your ADT mobile app.

Best Place for Your Doorbell Camera

Placing a doorbell camera in the right area doesn’t have to be hard. Treat the placement of a doorbell camera the same way you would go about where you would place a standard doorbell. If placed correctly, a doorbell camera gives you a wide vantage point to cover the sensitive areas of your home, like front and backdoor entryways. You can also use them on other private entrances, such as an Airbnb or rented space, to make sure your guests or tenants are safe.

Best Places for Your Indoor Cameras

While outdoor cameras keep track of what’s happening outside your home, indoor cameras keep the peace inside your home. Indoor cameras not only provide critical information after a break-in but also protect your family in other ways. Your indoor security cameras are a great way to keep track of children without having to be in the same room. You can also keep track of your pets from anywhere with a security system that connects to your mobile phone. Putting your indoor cameras in high-traffic areas, children’s play areas, and your pet’s favorite spots can help make sure you know what’s going on at all times.

High-traffic areas: Areas like a child’s room, house entrances, the kitchen, and living room are all considered high-traffic areas. These are places loved ones spend most of their time.

Hallways: Your hallways are where your family pictures hang. They are where you keep valuable paintings and your antique furniture. You want to make sure you have them under surveillance in case anything comes up missing or broken.

Off-limits areas: Sensitive places in your home, like adult bedrooms and bathrooms, should be off-limits for cameras. Not only is it a violation of privacy for your family, but also it is an invasion of privacy for anyone who visits your home and uses those areas.

Out of reach: To keep your cameras from being moved or taken down, cameras should be kept out of reach or securely mounted.

ADT Indoor Security Camera Options

For the security inside your home, ADT offers some of the highest-quality security cameras available. Rest assured that your family, pets, and personal property remain secured with ADT’s Indoor Security Cameras. High-definition 720p HD video quality, even in dark or low-light environments, motion-activated video recording, and a live feed streamed directly to your phone or mobile device make these cameras a great choice for anyone. You can even receive notifications to your phone to alert you when the cameras sense movement or a door is opened.

Things to Consider About Your Cameras

Now that you’ve got a good idea about where you could use a camera, there are some other considerations to take into account.

Wireless or wired: Does a wireless system work for your needs, or should you rely on a wired system? Wireless systems require more maintenance because they are powered by batteries. Thankfully, ADT’s Pulse app lets you monitor battery power, so you never run out of juice. In the same vein, wired security requires more effort to initially set up.

Location close to your router or Wi-Fi source: For wireless systems, you need to make sure your router is receiving enough signal. If not, your camera feed may become blurry or stop working altogether.

Indoor or outdoor: Indoor and outdoor cameras have different abilities and functions. Before purchasing, decide which type of camera is appropriate for your situation.

Reasons to install: Understanding why you want to install a security system can help determine the right camera for the job. Whether it’s to keep up with your children or make sure your pets don’t get into trouble, knowing what’s important to you can help you make the right decision.

Things to Keep in Mind After Installation

You’ve spent a lot of time and energy making sure your system is set up perfectly, but there are some things you should still consider before you consider the project finished.

Power and connectivity: After your cameras are installed, you’re going to want to make sure everything is connected correctly and working properly. Check your battery life in wireless systems and make sure the Wi-Fi signal is strong enough to get a quality picture. If you’ve wired the system, double-check that every part of the system is powered correctly and working properly.

Out of reach: Position cameras high enough where they are out of reach. The last thing you want after placing your security cameras in the perfect spot is to have someone intentionally or unintentionally move it. For family homes, put them where children have a hard time reaching. For any other place where cameras may be tampered with, mounting them is a great option.

Corners: Using corners instead of having your camera placed directly above the area you want to secure is a better way to cover a larger area. Also, it helps you overlap your other security cameras, so there are never any blindspots.

Lighting: For outdoor cameras, try and have them positioned in areas without too much sun. Glare could prevent you from getting a clear image. Likewise, in dark places, you want to consider cameras made for low light.

Clear shot: Make sure anything you place near the cameras after installation doesn’t block their view.

Call the professionals

Now that you know where you want to place cameras in your home, connect with ADT today so we can help you build the best security system. Our professional installers are experts, with most of them averaging nine years in the business. We understand you may need to have your security system set up quickly. That’s why we offer same-day or next-day services. Also, feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our customer support is able to answer within a few rings to assist.

Rest assured that when ADT installs your security system, it will be done right. We even offer a six-month warranty after the system is installed. Keep your family protected with ADT home security.

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FAQs About Home Security Cameras

Who installs security cameras in a home?

While DIY installation is certainly an option, many people choose to have their systems installed by a professional to avoid problems and hassles. In fact, ADT’s installers have an average tenure of over nine years and are focused on safety and convenience. As the industry’s largest sales, installation, and service field force, ADT guarantees a professional installation.

How long does footage stay on security cameras?

Local footage can be stored on a security camera’s SD card, and the amount it can hold depends on the camera settings and size of the card. ADT offers free unlimited cloud storage with their camera systems, which means you can save all footage indefinitely if you like. If you are utilizing ADT’s monitored surveillance, videos are stored for up to 30 days.

How many home security cameras do I need?

For outdoor cameras, you typically want one in the front to monitor the front door and one in the back. If your house is large, or if there are spaces that are difficult to view with just the two cameras, you may need more. If you want to see who is on the porch, you might add a doorbell camera as well. For inside your house, consider what it is you want to monitor. The entrance? The main room? Children’s bedrooms? One camera per room you want to monitor is usually sufficient. Keep in mind that you can always add more cameras later if needed.

Do security cameras increase home value?

Just as other amenities can contribute to your home’s value, so too can security systems. Some things to highlight if you want to increase your home’s marketability include the features specific to your system and whether or not it is professionally monitored.

Do security cameras record all the time?

The current standard is that security cameras record continuously.