Five of the best spots for security cameras and how to hide them
Step aside home surveillance cameras with complicated cables and expensive installation. Nowadays it’s all about super simple smart cams you can set up yourself.
These cameras start recording the moment they detect motion, sound or people. They’ll also send you an alert and livestream the footage straight to your smartphone. So you can check out what’s happening at home, wherever you are.
In this article we’re going to take a closer look at the best spots to position smart cameras around your home, some tips and tricks on how to hide them and also explain a bit about the rules on hidden security cameras – so you don’t fall foul of the law (or your neighbours).
Why would you hide a security camera?
First up, it’s worth noting that smart security cameras, like Hive View Outdoor, are a great deterrent. Why burgle a house if you know all the incriminating evidence is going to be on film? So a hidden home security camera won’t always be as effective as one on show.
And, although it’s not illegal to have a hidden outdoor camera, the UK’s Data Protection Act (DPA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws mean you need to let people know they’re being filmed.
If you plan to install hidden outdoor security cameras and there’s a chance they will capture footage beyond the boundary of your home, it’s important that you have clear signs up notifying people. Anyone recorded without their permission has the right to view the footage and ask for it to be deleted.
Inside your home is a bit different. Hidden wireless cameras are allowed, but we’d still strongly recommend telling anyone who regularly visits your home.
Five of the best spots for smart home surveillance
Knowing where to put security cameras is really important. It increases your chances of catching an intruder in their tracks, but also means you won’t end up filming things you don’t need – like passing traffic.
Here are some of the best spots to position a smart camera and a few things to watch out for when setting them up.
1. The front door
According to a study by MoneySuperMarket, the majority of burglars still enter through the front door. So it’s a good spot to shore up on security. Outside cameras for houses also act as a great deterrent to burglars before they’re even called into action.
A few things to remember when installing one:
Make sure you attach it high enough above the ground so it can’t be vandalised. Around 9ft should do it.
Once it’s screwed in place, angle the smart camera so that it monitors your front garden or the immediate area surrounding your doorstep, but doesn’t record pedestrians and passing traffic. If you’ve got a Hive outdoor camera it’s really easy to choose precisely what you’re filming with the activity zones feature in the app.
Filming passers-by is annoying for you as it means you’ll get unnecessary alerts. But it could also get you into hot water with data protection rights. You may hear them jokingly referred to as outdoor spy cameras, but anyone who is filmed without their prior consent has the right to ask for a copy and request it to be deleted.
2. The hallway
Inside your house, camers in the hallway can be really useful. If someone gets into your home, they will most likely pass through the entrance hall at some point.
Just make sure you position it somewhere that it won’t get blocked by the inevitable dumping of coats and bags when you rush in at the end of the day.
3. The sitting room
This is often where lots of expensive electrical equipment is stored like TVs, games consoles and smart speakers. Any intruder after some fast cash and a quick getaway will most likely prioritise this room. So it’s a sensible spot for a smart indoor camera for your house.
4. The back door
Doors that are out of sight allow people to spend time trying to break in and then enter undetected. A smart camera above the door is a great way to deter anyone snooping where they shouldn’t, and you’ll know there’s a problem before they’re even in the house.
Again, be sure to position your smart camera out of reach so it can’t be tampered with. And remember to make sure it only monitors your garden and not your neighbour’s.
5. Garages and sheds
Sheds are one of the most vulnerable parts of your home and often contain expensive equipment like bikes and tools that can be annoying to replace and annoyingly easy to steal.
An outdoor smart camera monitoring your garage or garden shed is great for peace of mind and it’s a simple way to beef up security too.
How to hide security cameras
If you decide you want to conceal a camera inside your home, here are some of the best ways to hide them:
Camouflage your camera
If you want a hidden security camera for your home, consider camouflaging it next to similar objects. This could either be other tech devices like a web cam or smart thermostat; or with other items of a similar colour. It’s amazing how less visible things become surrounded by a bit of clutter.
Out of sight, out of mind
When you position a security camera at eye level it’s much easier to spot. Pop it on the top of a tall bookshelf or cupboard to make sure it isn’t in a constant line of sight.
Pop your camera in a pot plant
Another great option is to place the camera in a fake plant pot and carefully arrange the leaves to conceal it. Just be careful not to obstruct the lens with all that foliage.
Find out more about smart ways to keep your home safe and secure in our guide to smart home security.