When you’re first setting up your security cameras, you might focus on the inside of your home and the immediately surrounding areas, like your front and back yard, and the walkways along the sides of your house. But there’s one place that’s often overlooked when choosing the direction your security cameras point, and that’s the street.
Catch people before they spot your cameras.
Many burglars prepare for the fact that you may have security cameras in and around your house. Immediately before stepping into your driveway, they could put on their masks or cover themselves to avoid winding up on your surveillance footage. But not many burglars are prepared for the fact that your cameras may have started capturing them before they even stepped foot onto your driveway. Having cameras face the street gives you the chance to capture license plates on getaway cars or unmasked burglars, because burglars think all of this is safe from view.
See if someone is casing your property.
It’s very common for burglars to case a property for weeks before attacking it. If your attacker did this, then he likely walked or drove by your property several times. If you only have cameras inside your house or immediately outside of it, you won’t catch this important evidence. But cameras facing the street could catch the fact that the same suspicious vehicle drove by very slowly, several times, in the past week, or that the same individual looked over your hedge a few times recently. That surveillance could be the key to finding the burglar.
Catch vehicle vandalism.
You shouldn’t only worry about the burglars who attack your property; you should also worry about the ones attacking your neighbor’s property. After all, you might be next! Your street-facing cameras could catch car thieves who are stealing vehicles that are parked on the street. It could, once again, catch suspicious characters who’ve been circling the neighborhood for weeks. If anything happens to your neighbor’s property, you should immediately check the surveillance on your street-facing cameras. This footage could help the police find a burglar that was about to target your home.
Catch delinquent acts and crime on your property.
There is no knowing who may wander into your neighborhood, or what sort of trouble your neighbors might get into. What if someone in the neighborhood accuses your child of vandalizing their property? You want street-facing cameras to prove that your child never left your home that night. What if a minor passes out drunk on your front lawn? You want your street-facing cameras to prove you did not provide that minor with alcohol—that he never even approached your front door. Your street-facing cameras could even act as your alibi if you’re ever accused of a crime, but were clearly inside your house then.
Catch exterior vandalism.
Even if nobody robs your home, someone could still vandalize the outside of your property. If someone puts graffiti on your perimeter walls or smashes the windows of the car you keep parked on the street, your street-facing cameras can capture that. If a vehicle drives by and hits your mailbox—or, worse yet, your car—and leaves, you can capture their license plate number.
They’re visible to burglars.
Having street-facing cameras could deter burglars entirely. Burglars cannot see the cameras inside of your house, so by the time they realize you have surveillance, they may have already smashed a window to get in. Having cameras facing the street shows burglars that the property is under surveillance.
As you can see, monitoring the street in front of your house is just as important as monitoring the inside of your home, and could stop burglars in their tracks.