If you have been experiencing weird happenings such as order packages never arriving, footsteps around your house and other things that seem unexplainable, then it is time to get yourself security cameras. Nowadays, you can buy security system for your home at an affordable cost and even self-install themselves to avoid paying extra for professional installation. Besides, the hands on experience you get from installing your own cameras will help you have an intimate knowledge of your home security system such that you can manipulate it to suit your specific needs and even expand it with time. Installing cameras is not a daunting task as most cameras are designed to be as user friendly as possible. Besides there are many types of cameras that require different installation methods. Some are just designed to be placed on a surface, others are adhesive to the wall and yet others need a drill and screws to be screwed on to the wall.

Collect the Necessary Items

Before beginning your security camera installation, you need to collect everything you need to get your camera up and running. When buying a security camera as part of a security system, most companies will include both the camera and the parts that are required for its mounting and connections. As such, besides the security camera itself, ensure that you have the cabling needed for connection, the mounting kit which includes anchors and screws in some cases and a power receiver and adaptor.

Get Your Tools

Once you have every part of your system in one places, the next thing is to ensure that you have the right tools to complete the installation process. For adhesive cameras, you don’t need much except maybe a step ladder if you attach them at an elevated part of your wall or on your ceiling. For cameras that require screwing onto the surface however, ensure you have a drill and screw drivers. You may also need cable managers to ensure the cabling is neat. For wireless cameras then all you may need to do is set it at the right spot, plugging it in and then once it is on, syncing it with your mobile app or on the desktop. Either way, follow the user manual in the security camera installation process and you will find it easy to measure and install while maintaining an optimal camera angle for the best footage.

Where to Place your Security Cameras

For indoor cameras, place it on an elevated area preferably hidden from thieves and where it won’t interfere with your usual movements. This will give you a great field of view. For outdoor cameras on the other hand, place your cameras out of easy reach but overlooking the back porch, and the driveway. You can also consider a doorbell camera for your front door as well. Placing your security cameras in an elevated position will provide a broader coverage area and protect it from vandalism. Ensure it is sheltered from precipitation and points away from light. Once you are done ensure it is recording and storing footage whether on microSD or cloud storage. Finally, follow the camera view with your smartphone during installation to ensure that you are not leaving blind spots or can see obstructions.

Published by Joseph Nicholls