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December 04, 2018

Security Camera Placement: To Hide or Not to Hide

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Security cameras allow you to keep an eye on vulnerable areas inside and the outside of your home and even deter break-ins. It only makes sense to place cameras at entry points and high-traffic areas of your home—but should you keep them hidden or leave them in plain sight? The choice is yours, but there are some distinct advantages to hidden surveillance cameras.

Advantages of hidden cameras

Here are several reasons to consider hidden home security cameras as part of your home security system around your home and property:

  • Theft-prevention: You wouldn’t leave your new smartphone sitting on your home’s front steps overnight, now would you? Security cameras are powerful and valuable devices, and leaving them in plain sight may gain the attention of would-be thieves, drawing them closer to your home. On the other hand, the visible presence of cameras can help deter would-be criminals. If you do make them visible, make sure they’re high enough so that they can’t be tampered with.
  • Aesthetics: Whether it’s on the back patio or in the living room, security cameras might not always complement your décor. Although today’s cameras are sleek and unobtrusive, well-hidden devices won’t interfere with your design scheme.
  • Evidence: In the unfortunate event of a crime on your property, a well-hidden security camera, especially one with video recording, may provide valuable information to help you identify the criminal or recover stolen possessions. Criminals will often try to steal or tamper with an obvious camera if they see it. If you suspect someone of a repeated crime on your property, a hidden camera may help to confirm your suspicions.

However, keep in mind that hiding your cameras too well may in fact hinder their view. Install them carefully to be sure you get the most out of their capabilities. Check the view of the camera to make sure it’s not obstructed by tree branches, sun glare, or structures.

Installation tips

Motion-activated sensors trigger security cameras to start recording. Place cameras in strategic areas where they’re sure to pick up on activity, without being obvious. Here are a few important tips on how to hide a camera outside or inside your home:

  • Go high: Installing your camera high up, such as outside a second-floor window or in a corner near the ceiling, has two advantages: first, the camera is relatively out of sight unless someone is looking for it, and second, this higher vantage point means the camera can monitor a larger area.
  • Use an enclosure: One way to protect and conceal your security camera is to use an enclosure. Use everyday objects like birdhouses or tissue boxes, or get creative and build your own enclosure altogether.
  • Tuck it away: A bookshelf filled with knick-knacks or a front porch adorned with planters and flower boxes offers lots of snug spots for a surreptitious camera.

Xfinity Home offers professional installation, so you can be sure your cameras are in the ideal locations.

A hidden security camera lets you keep a watchful eye on your home at all times, and security cameras can offer busy homeowners peace of mind. Learn more about how they’re a vital part of a full home security system.