Main Areas In Your Property That Should Not Have Security Cameras

January 23rd, 2023

We understand that installing security cameras is a necessary step to prevent any unwanted disturbance. However, there are general areas that should be free of these devices. It is also important to note that there are specific laws on home security, privacy and installing surveillance cameras in CA and these could change depending on your area, so make sure you check on the state as well as the local community laws. 

The following are some of the major areas in one’s home where installing a security camera is not encouraged.

Spots in Your Home’s Exterior that Could Violate Your Nextdoor Neighbor’s Privacy

If you live in a community with an organized homeowner’s association, it is best to ask your community leaders about rules and guidelines regarding security camera placement in Chico or any other city before you decide to install one in any part of your home. Outdoor surveillance cameras are generally permitted on areas that could capture footage from wide areas that may have a view of your neighbor’s public-facing space. Usually, property owners face legal conflicts when their security camera gets a view of spots that deprive their neighbor’s privacy, like bedroom windows, restrooms. You could also get into trouble if the captured footage is used for voyeuristic pursuits that do not fall under security issues.   Be aware that these guidelines apply exclusively to video surveillance. In a lot of situations, audio recordings done in secret could get you in legal trouble.   

Bedroom & Bathroom Areas

It could be tempting to watch over babies, toddlers, smaller kids, your grandmother or aging parents at all times to ensure their safety at all costs, but bedrooms, as well as bathrooms, should be off-limits. It’s a good thing that there are a great number of substitutes for these areas, like baby monitors for your kids’ rooms, as well as medical alert systems for older residents who might need assistance. 

Where You Should Install Security Cameras

It will be very costly and inefficient to have surveillance cameras in all parts of your home, especially if you live in a bigger house with a spacious outdoor area. If you live in a large house or complex, printing out your property’s blueprint is a good start to help you map out your camera installation strategy. Some of the best areas to install a security camera include:

  • Front Door Area
  • Back Door Area
  • Common Areas like your living room, kitchen, patio, etc.
  • Driveway
  • Garage
  • Stairways
  • Main Corridors 

Enhance your surveillance camera installation 

After you have decided which spots to focus on, check the areas you have marked to ensure that there is no blockage of any sort. It is also advisable not to point any of your security cameras directly at windows facing the sun since extremely bright light can cause glare or over-the-top contrast in your captured footage. 

Want to know more about how you could properly maximize having a security camera in Chico, CA? Get in touch with us so we could properly assess your specific surveillance needs.  

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