How Many Security Cameras Do I Need?
Below are the most common areas for security camera placement. Count how many you need in each location to determine the total number of cameras you need in your system.
It is good practice when planning a system to leave at least two free channels on your NVR. This will leave room for future expansion by adding more cameras. It will also give you better performance on your NVR, including faster response and more video storage.
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______ Front door
______ Back door
______ First floor windows
______ Windows that do not face the street
______ Garage Door
______ Basement door/side doors
______ Detached garages – cover both the main garage door and any side doors
______ Storage or garden sheds
______ Other outbuildings such as a barn
______ Swimming pools or other play structures
______ Interior rooms with valuables or dangerous items
______ Interior rooms you want to monitor (nursery, playroom, etc)
______ Number of entries (front door, back door, side entrance, etc) Placing an interior camera facing people as they enter is often recommended for business who serve the public,
______ Cash Registers and/or POS terminals
______ High target items for theft (safes, electronics, alcohol or tobacco products, sensitive documents, etc)
______ Parking lots
______ Any exterior structures that house inventory or other valuable items