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How Many Security Cameras Do I Need?

Are you piecing together a security system for the first time but are unsure where to start? You might ask yourself, “How many security cameras do I need?” or “What are the best places to put a security camera?”

As with most purchases, there are multiple factors you should consider beforehand. Below we discuss ways you should approach adding a security system to your home or business.

Factors to Consider

A surveillance system is not a “one size fits all”  type of purchase. The number of security cameras you’ll need usually differs for residential and business properties. Here are a few of the main factors you consider:

-Size of property

-Number of entrances

-Areas with valuables


Your budget is perhaps the most important factor of them all. Before you dive headfirst into comparing and contrasting security cameras, make sure you know how much you’re willing to set aside for a surveillance system.

For homeowners, a security system could help you save money on homeowner’s insurance. And if you’re on a tight budget, you should prioritize specific areas around your home or business, which we discuss below.

Areas You Should Prioritize

Prioritization areas differ among homes and businesses. The type of business differs too (i.e. large department store vs. mom and pop bakery). Let’s start with homes. Areas on top of your priority list should include:

-Front Entrance

-Back Entrance

-Rooms with valuables (i.e. safes, jewelry, etc.)

-Garage/ driveway (if applicable)

If your budget permits, you should consider having security cameras on the sides of your house too. The living room, basement (if applicable), and hallways are other great locations to put security cameras. Privacy should also be top-of-mind for a surveillance system, so generally avoid cameras in guest rooms, bathrooms, etc.

As for businesses, you should prioritize:

-Cash registers

-Primary and secondary entrances


-Customer areas

-Employee only areas

If your budget permits, we also recommend having a security cameras directed at the parking lot. A lot of accidents can happen in a parking lot, so they’re a good additive for liability concerns. Likewise, never put surveillance cameras in privacy-sensitive areas, such as bathrooms or fitting rooms.

How ADS Security Can Help

Knowing what type of security cameras you need, how many, and where to put them, all while maintaining a budget is a difficult task. A surveillance system is a big investment, and you shouldn’t go at it alone.

ADS Security can walk you through what you need and get you the security solutions that fit your budget. If you would like to learn more, feel free to contact us today.

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