With the advent of high-quality WiFi smart cameras over the past couple of years, integrating cameras with your security system is no longer expensive or complicated. Although it’s been common to have security and motion sensors in a home for a few decades, home video surveillance has changed the way families keep tabs on their property and loved ones. Recent camera models feature weatherproofing and simple-to-install mounts, and Xfinity Home even offers optional 24/7 recording at an additional cost. All of these features add an extra layer of security in an often-overlooked location: your backyard.
While many families think to add a camera to their entryways and living spaces, having a high-definition outside camera in your backyard can go a long way toward stopping thieves and making sure your kids stay out of trouble. Consider these important tips as you research an outdoor security camera system for your own home.
1. How to choose the right camera
The first step is the most obvious: choosing the right camera for your family. Thankfully, this is a relatively easy process. Xfinity Home has a list of cameras and compatible products for your home security system. Look for cameras that offer high-definition video streams, both recorded and live streaming, and night vision features that provide a clear picture even when it's dark.
If you don’t have a home security system, standalone camera products are also available. Be sure to purchase a smart camera from a reliable and well-trusted brand. It may be tempting to buy the cheapest camera you can find online, but you’ll quickly find that good video quality and secure privacy are features that are worth the investment.
2. Where to place your camera
After you choose a smart security camera that’s right for your family, the next step is to figure out the best spot to mount it.
When you’re considering camera placement, look for a spot that has full or almost-full coverage of your backyard area. The far corners of your property may not be important to cover, but you’ll want to position the camera lens where it can focus on common areas, walkways, gated fences, and anywhere that sees frequent activity. Mount the camera so it can capture the rear entrance to your home and the faces of any visitors or intruders walking up.
Other practical considerations include:
- Placing your camera below a covering or awning if possible, as it’s hard to see through a water-covered lens during bad weather.
- Placing the camera near a power outlet if it needs to be plugged in.
- Mounting the camera low enough that the night vision is effective on people and surfaces.
3. Setting up the right automations
Smart security cameras are great right out of the box, but where they really become useful is through automations and integrations with the rest of your home’s security system. Common automations include features like receiving smartphone alerts when motion is detected and connecting your camera to your smart home hub to turn on the porch lights when someone is walking up.
Scheduling can be especially helpful as well. For instance, if your kids play in the backyard when they get home from school, turning motion notifications off for an hour-long window will keep your phone from constantly buzzing from all the activity.
Smart security cameras are a great way to protect your family’s backyard. They’re affordable, easy to install, and can easily integrate into other security products you’ve already added to your home. Upgrading your backyard security with Xfinity Home offers peace of mind when you're home or away.