Yes, Sydney and Australia are still great. But unfortunately, the answer is also “yes” if you’re wondering if crime rates are on the rise. Not just that, easy access to information is only heightening awareness of these rising stats about burglaries and home invasions – and ramping up our desire for more secure living and working spaces. But what you may not realise is just how affordable sophisticated, multi-camera security systems are these days not only for your small business, but also your home. So let’s take a deep dive into how to maximise the safety of your home, family and most prized spaces and possessions with invaluable expert advice about security camera placement.
The legal side of security camera positioning
First, let’s take a quick look at what you generally need to know about home security camera laws Australia and NSW-wide before we start positioning those security cameras:
- Put up a sign notifying people they may be recorded
- Don’t intrude upon your neighbours’ privacy
- At work, don’t put them in bathrooms/change rooms
- Ensure the cameras are only for safety, security & theft-prevention
- Check local council requirements.
Where to put security cameras at home & work
With that out of the way, and as you start to think about where your new security cameras will be positioned, here’s where we think your priorities should lay:
1. Front door
You primarily go through the front door, right? Well, that’s generally the case for a lot of intruders, too. Just remember that these intruders know the front door is likely to be the most protected, so put it high enough to prevent easy tampering.
2. Back door/side entrances
It makes sense that, after the front entrance, you also protect the major rear and side entrances too. Angle the cameras to cover the largest possible area.
3. Ground floor windows
If the intruder sees cameras at the front/back/side entrances, they may head next to the ground floor windows. Pay special attention to the windows that don’t face the street, as they’re particularly vulnerable. Place those cameras on the eaves or – better still – mount them inside, facing out.
Intruders also know there are plenty of valuable items in your garage or shed, like tools, bikes and obviously the most valuable thing after your home – your cars. Focus the camera’s glare on the garage door, and if possible another one overlooking the driveway itself.
5. Common areas
If your security camera setup is for a commercial setting or a multi-unit residential building, don’t forget about those hallways, lobbies and communal spaces so you can monitor and capture any unauthorised activity or have 24 hour security alarm monitoring services do it for you.
6. Cash registers
In business and keep cash on-site? Wherever those monetary transactions take place, or where cash is stored, position those cameras strategically and don’t be shy to make them very clearly seen and prominent.
7. Stairways/fire exits
Another one for commercial environments: the stairways and fire exits. Don’t forget they’re both potential entry and exit points and bear in mind that just them being there can discourage unauthorised access before it ever happens.
8. Outdoor perimeter
Placing cameras at all corners of your property provides the most complete view of the premises possible, and serves as a powerful deterrent for would-be intruders.
Your next steps for positioning security cameras
Here at Citiguard Protection Services, we provide the latest and greatest in affordable and 5-star wireless & CCTV security cameras Sydney wide. As well as offering experience and training-based advice like this blog, we can tailor individual security camera setups to meet your needs – and your needs only. At Citiguard, we’ve been doing this for well over half a century, so maximise your peace of mind by getting in touch today.