Best places to install a home security camera

Mireless home security cameras are a quick, easy way to add peace of mind to your home. Today’s cameras are small, wireless, and unobtrusive, meaning you won’t feel like you’re living in a reality TV show when you look around your home. 

But where should you place your cameras? After all, they have a job to do, whether that’s monitoring the comings and goings of tradespeople or your kids, or watching over the area in case there’s ever a break-in.

Where NOT to place a wireless home security camera

Before we get to the best places for a home security camera, let’s start with a short list of the places you should not opt for a security camera: The bedroom and the bathroom.

Placing a camera in the bedroom is a terrible idea for obvious reasons: It’s where some of our most intimate moments take place, and we’re not just talking about those moments. We dress and undress in the bedroom. We sleep, and yeah, we do other stuff too. Those are not the kind of things we want recorded on video and stored on the cloud. While you might be thinking “Yeah, ’cause hackers,” it could actually be a family member, friend, or partner who might be more likely to access some of that footage, sharing it innocently (“Haha! She’s getting dressed and she trips over the dog! Watch!”) or nefariously (think revenge porn).

For these same reasons, a camera should never be placed in the bathroom. Think about all the things you do in there with the door closed and how mortified you’d be if someone posted any of that to the internet.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s find the locations in your home and property that are ideal for a home security camera.

Best places to put a home security camera

To evaluate where a video camera should go, let’s think about how these cameras are most often used.

Many parents have cameras somewhere in the home to keep an eye on the kids, and if you need to keep tabs on what time they’re coming and going, having wireless home security cameras at the main doors to the home is essential.

Monitoring comings and goings. Depending on your situation, and whether you own or rent. You could install a wireless, battery-powered camera ensure the camera has a wide view of the door and it’s not obscured by the door itself opening in front of the lens. This lets you see that the kids have arrived safely home from school, or that your babysitter is letting her boyfriend in. It’s a good idea to cover all the significant doors in your house since you never know where someone unexpected may enter or leave from.