Residential burglaries and home invasions are increasingly common in the U.S, which results in billions of dollars worth of damages each year- not to mention the loss of lives. To ensure your home security, you need to be proactive and take measures to secure your property. One of the best and common ways is the use of security cameras. Whether you need them to keep watch on the babysitter or be on the lookout for intruders- you might consider a disguised camera more effective rather than an obvious one.
Talking to the experts, we put together a list of the top ways you can disguise your security camera;
Let Your Home Security Cameras Blend Within Common Objects
Select subtle locations to conceal your camera without concealing it. A tiny camera, for example, can be hidden amid the branches of a luxuriant house plant. Bookshelves can also be used to conceal a tiny camera. A camera can get a wonderful view from a high ceiling location. Look for a design that will complement your ceiling, windows, and molding. However, don’t put your camera in a position where it’s too high off the ground. This will make capturing clear photos difficult, which may negate the camera’s purpose.
Installing a camera too close to the ground is also a bad idea. A thief or vandal may be able to easily reach up and mess with your gadget as a result of this. I recommend placing a security camera 8 to 10 feet off the ground. The camera should not be completely undetectable, but neither should it be conspicuous. Finally, any cables should be hidden or camouflaged. A wireless camera may be easier to conceal, but it may not be the greatest solution for your system. Because most systems rely on sensors, make sure they’re hidden as well.
Bram Jansen, Chief Editor of vpnAlert
Hiding in Plain Sight
Surveillance is a tricky sport that needs an excellent camouflage strategy. Cameras should be hidden in spots that provide a wide angle of vision with sufficient lighting. Hidden cameras give one a serious sense of security and control over one’s environment. Maintaining covertness gives one time to evaluate the situation and make decisions privately and with solid evidence.
Hiding cameras in plain sight is always worth a try especially when you want to keep an eye on invited and uninvited guests. Curtain rods are an excellent spot because they are high enough to provide an eagle’s viewpoint. You can take a cue from cliché spy films and place cameras in vents, plush toys, and flower vases. No one ever expects to be surveilled and it is true, we do have selective vision and only see what we expect.
Andrew Ng, CEO and Founder Trusted Malaysia
Set up a Doorbell Camera
Video doorbell cameras are becoming widely attractive, particularly in light of the Coronavirus pandemic—many people chose the convenience of a doorbell camera while staying at home to minimize the virus from spreading. Covert video doorbell cameras give an added layer of protection and convenience while maintaining a sleek, unobtrusive appearance, in addition to providing a smarter home.
Place It In A Bookshelf
You’re in luck if you have a bookshelf in your living area. The shelf is a fantastic spot to conceal your camera because the robbers won’t be looking through your book collection. They’ll most likely want to search for additional expensive items. Isn’t this, though, a little too obvious? Not if you have a small camera or a wireless camera, at least. You will not only have a wonderful view from the top of your living room but the camera will also be hidden.
Tal Shelef, an Entrepreneur, Realtor and Co-Founder of Condo Wizard
Hide Them Among the Shrubs and Trees
Military Officers like to hide in the leaves and branches of trees. You can use your security camera in the same way. However, bushes, branches, and leaves aren’t always enough. As a result, it is preferable to paint the camera green in order for it to fit in seamlessly with the surroundings. However, painting a camera may void its guarantee.
The likelihood of criminal activity on your property will be reduced if you can hide the camera. If you’re having trouble concealing the camera, a wireless option is preferable. It will be much easier to conceal the camera without the use of wires.
Hamza Ghayas, Marketing Manager at GSDLovers
Hide Them Under Ceilings, Soffits
Because security cameras are small and the color of their bodies is usually white, placing them under the eave makes them instantly invisible. As a result, they are difficult to locate unless someone goes out of their way to look for them. Make sure the camera you choose is compact. Installing cameras outdoors on a weekday is one of the greatest ways to hide them. On weekdays, most individuals are preoccupied with their own activities, and no one has time to pay attention to them. It’s easy to notice if you’re hiding a security camera over the weekend.
Edward Mellett, Founder/Co-Founder WikiJob.co.uk
Hide Them in the Birdhouse
Installing a security camera in a birdhouse is a great way to hide it. The birdhouse is a closed construction with a small hole that allows your camera to view the outside world while remaining hidden from passers-by. If your house is robbed or vandalized, a security camera installed within the birdhouse can continue to record the incident and assist the police in apprehending the criminals.
To avoid suspicion, make sure the birdhouse is placed as organically as possible. Second, check sure there are no obstructions in the way of the security camera capturing clear footage.
Rameez Usmani, Tech and Security Expert The Code Signing Store
Due to the pandemic, people are more desperate than ever. Criminal incidents, mugging, robbery, break-ins are more prominent than ever. As a security expert, I can not deny the importance of a hidden camera in every household. To avoid the hidden camera getting detected by intruders. Few places are listed below;
Artificial plants can be a wonderful way to hide hidden cameras from unwanted guests. Position the camera on the vase or on the bottom of the pants and use the leaves to conceal the camera to avoid detection.
Medicine cabinets can also hide the hidden camera. But the medicine cabinet must have see-through glass and put some medicine jar in front of the camera so the position of the camera can be concealed even more.
Curtain Rods can be a simple but effective way to hide the camera. As it is an elevated surface it can be used to serve a larger area. Most people won’t even expect there to be a camera on the curtain rod.
Felix Maberly, Security Expert at Tiger Supplies