Home security systems aren’t what they once were. Closed-circuit systems with hefty installation costs and unsightly wall- or ceiling-mounted cameras still have their uses, but for the aesthetic-savvy homeowner, there are better design-friendly options. Blend your interior design with the tools you need to keep your home and family safe with design-forward security camera systems.
Let’s face it, no matter what security camera system you choose, it shouldn’t be the center of attention. However, if you’re smart about camera placement, there’s no need for your garden house to suffer aesthetically from an obtrusive camera or two. But on the flip side, one reason for a security camera system is the visibility deterrent. With all this in mind, placement is the key to aesthetic success as well as your security.
Place one camera away from the others. This may be in a driveway or near a gate. Use signs to indicate that your house is under surveillance as well. This will deter most burglars, but what about the ones it doesn’t? While a home security camera system is unsightly, obviously placed cameras can be disabled by thieves. While one deterrent camera is a good idea, your other cameras, closer to your house, should be hidden for safety and aesthetic reason. Position cameras near or on your home, shed, garage, etc., under eaves to keep them out of sight. Go even further and use simple disguises for your cameras, like a birdhouse or hide them among garden plants. Of course, if you want this flexibility with your security camera system, shop around for the style that works best for you. For example, HD wire-free security camera systems that run on batteries and are motion-sensitive are a perfect option for low-traffic areas in your home.
Maintaining your decor with an indoor security camera system is even more tricky than those cameras outside. If you use wired cameras, it’s best to run cords through walls to your central DVR hub. This way, messy wires that run the length of walls won’t mess up your decor or draw the eye of any intruders. While there are advantages to wired systems, they are not as nimble as those that are wire-tree, and so your options when it comes to interior placement are minimized.
Similarly to your outside cameras, everyday objects can disguise indoor cameras as well; potted plants, smoke detectors, and even bookends can make great hiding spots. But consider the angles at which your cameras are positioned. What do they see? Make sure all obvious entryways are covered. These include all doors and windows, hallways and rooms that contain valuables such as walk-in closets where you might keep your safe, and certainly the garage where your car is stored.
Home security camera systems are an eye-sore if not positioned with care. Outside, make sure any potential burglar knows what they’re up against. This deters most thieves; for those it doesn’t, hide and position your outdoor security camera system under eaves, and disguise cameras in foliage or birdhouses. Indoors, consider the view of all your cameras, as there are far more obstructions that could obscure important footage. With these tips in mind, your house is secure without sacrificing your home design and style.