Where To Place Outdoor Security Cameras

Last updated: January 5, 2024

According to the FBI, the total value of reported stolen property exceeded $12 billion in 2015. With that said, a strategically positioned security camera can assist in identifying intruders and potentially reclaim your property following a robbery. 

In general, it’s best to hide outdoor security cameras in secured spots like the front doors, back and side doors, garages, yards, common areas, and hallways. Let’s dive a little deeper into where to place outdoor security cameras for the best coverage.

Best Spots For Outdoor Security Cameras

According to SafeWise’s State of Safety survey, break-ins are the most frightening type of property crime. In 2020, more than 60% of respondents stated they are most concerned about a break-in when no one is home, and 58% fear a break-in when they are asleep.

Front Doors

While you may believe that burglars typically enter through side doors, data shows that 34% of burglars enter through the front door. Additionally, this is the area where package thieves are most likely to strike. A camera at the main door monitors everyone who enters and exits your home, from family members and babysitters to maintenance personnel and delivery men.

Back & Side Doors

Out-of-sight doors make it easier for people to enter without being noticed whether they are invited or not. Install cameras on your secondary doors to ensure complete visibility of everyone who enters and exits your home.


Because garages are one of the weakest entrance points, they are a frequent target of burglars. If your garage is unattached, the security camera will help you monitor the safety of your stuff or vehicle/s. If the garage is connected to the house, the additional layer of protection monitors another possible entry point into your home.


Keeping an eye on the yard lets you keep track of any stranger looking at your house from the outside. It can also be used to record the activities of your children, animals, as well as trespassers.

Common Areas

Installing cameras in gathering areas — such as the kitchen or living room — allows you to monitor if the children are doing okay, whether the babysitter is paying attention, what your pets are up to, and keep an eye on household staff as well. Also, consider giving priority to any rooms with wide ground-floor windows. This will enable you to determine whether someone tampers with them or utilizes one as a break-in point.


Install security cameras in your home’s main thoroughfares, and it will be tough for someone to walk around undetected. If an intruder enters through a bedroom, bathroom, or other unmonitored location, they will be captured on video as they walk within the property.

Are you scared of leaving your house because you are worried about security? Fret no more as Security Forward has some tips to keep your home safe while on vacation.

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