There’s a smart security camera for nearly every application these days, and one for nearly every square inch of your home. There’s a security camera for every situation, whether it’s indoors, outdoors, or somewhere in between.
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There are a few nooks and crannies where a security camera can be placed that stand out above the rest. Certain areas of your home are the best places to extract the most value from your smart camera.
Here are ten places in your home where security cameras should not be overlooked.
- Located above your garage
Depending on the layout of your home, the garage is the first line of defence for home security. Whether wired or wireless, it makes sense to invest in a smart floodlight that illuminates your driveway while also providing a view of the entire front of your home.
Because of its bright lights and free local storage, the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is at the top of our list of the best floodlights.
- Outside your front door
When it comes to where to place security cameras, one of the most obvious places is at your front door. A video doorbell allows you to check in on your front porch from anywhere, at any time. The Nest Doorbell (Battery) and the Ring Video Doorbell Wired are two of the best video doorbells. Both of these video doorbells support two-way communication, high-resolution video, and work with Alexa or Google Assistant.
- Outside in your yard
You might be wondering where to put security cameras outside. If you have pets who like to roam your property, installing a spotlight or weatherproof security camera in the back yard can provide you with much-needed peace of mind.
Your mileage may vary, but a well-placed solar-powered security camera, such as the Eufy SoloCam S40, can be an excellent way to keep an eye on your critters and ensure that no unwanted visitors enter the yard.
- In the garage
The interior of your garage may not be one of the most frequently visited areas of your home. However, if there is foot traffic, you’ll be glad you put one out there. (Trust me, the panic of your first motion notification from the garage camera at 2:36 a.m. will never leave you.)
If you go this route, Wyze makes one of the best garage door controllers and security cameras in one, allowing you to remotely open and close your garage door while getting a live view of the action.
- Placed in your living room
To help deter potential break-ins, the tech expert in me advocates for a visible smart security camera in the living room. However, the animal lover in me suspects that your dogs and cats enjoy sprawling out on the couch while you’re away. A smart security camera with two-way communication, such as the Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera, would allow you to interact with your furry best friends while you’re at work.
- In the nursery
Smart security cameras don’t have to be all about security. For example, keeping a security camera in your baby’s nursery is a great way to keep an eye and an ear on your child while they sleep (especially with the microphone improvements many of today’s cameras have made).
While many baby video monitors fit the bill, many parents prefer to use an indoor security camera as a baby monitor, such as Google’s indoor Nest Camera.
- In your corridor
Long, dark corridors are frequently susceptible to strange noises at night. Installing a smart security camera somewhere in that corridor will eliminate the need to wake up late at night to investigate the crash you just heard. Instead, you’ll be able to check the live feed of your camera or see if it has recently recorded any motion.
- In your back yard
The side yard is an often-overlooked location for an outdoor security camera. However, it provides a lot of value. A small, wired option, such as the Lorex 4K Spotlight Camera, can be mounted unobtrusively but pointed directly down the side of your house to detect the first instance of motion, both desired and unwanted.
9 pointing to your front door
Anyone who approaches your front door will be recorded by a video doorbell. However, it will not be able to record the moment someone enters your home. Something like the Ring Stick Up Cam (Battery) could fit into a corner and focus solely on your front door, recording anyone who walks through it.
ten. In the kitchen
Everyone was present. You’re already late for work, and you’re rushing into the building. Suddenly, a wave of panic sweeps over you, and you wonder if you left the oven on. Instead of driving home to check, a well-placed security camera in your kitchen will have the exact answer you’re looking for.
While any indoor security camera should suffice, a smart display, such as the Amazon Echo Show 10, serves as a great kitchen assistant as well as an indoor security camera. You can check in on your built-in camera at any time using the Alexa app, and you can even pan and tilt the camera to see what’s going on outside of the camera’s initial view.