Keeping Doorbell Cameras Hidden

A quick tech guide.


November 23, 2020

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When it comes to getting the right system for home security, one of the devices to consider is a doorbell camera. These cameras are great ways to see who’s on the porch before opening the door. It’s also a good way to get rid of anyone you don’t want to be there. The two-way voice communication can make it appear that you are home, even if you’re somewhere else. This is done through a smartphone app, and it can add to your peace of mind. But what if you want to hide a camera from visitors, well-meaning or not?

Hiding a camera isn’t too difficult, but it’s important to remember that the camera still has to be able to see through its lens. If it’s too well-hidden, there may be obstructions that will get in the way of taking pictures or video, or of simply seeing who’s at the door. Rather than take the chance of expertly hiding the camera, it may be better to leave it in plain sight, but that’s not always a good option, either. Usually, there’s a balance to be found between hiding the camera in a way that blocks its view and making sure it can see things, but people can’t see it nearly as easily.

Why hide a doorbell camera?

The most obvious reason for hiding a doorbell camera is so people who come up to the door don’t see it. They’re often not going to act the same way if they know they’re being recorded — especially if up to something problematic. If the camera is hidden, they won’t see it and the homeowner can really find out what they’re doing.

It can also be frustrating finding a way to hide a doorbell camera when the doorbell needs to remain exposed.

Having a doorbell in an odd spot is a red flag that the homeowner is trying to hide something, and ultimately not ideal for hiding a camera. The best way is to hide it in plain sight, by using a doorbell camera that just looks like an ordinary doorbell. Then the camera isn’t nearly as obvious.

Some cameras are much smaller than others

With a home security system, there are a number of different kinds of cameras. Some of them are a lot smaller than other ones. It’s not about the size of the doorbell camera, however; it’s about the style and shape. Even larger cameras can avoid looking obvious in a lot of cases, but that’s not true for all of them. Before a you commit to a particular system with a doorbell camera, it’s a good idea to do your research and get a good look at what that camera actually offers, for added peace of mind.

A security company will have doorbell camera options

Fortunately, most security companies have a lot of good options when it comes to doorbell cameras. That way a homeowner can pick the one that’s right for them. They should also look for a company that offers:

  • 24/7 monitoring

  • ease of installation

  • good customer service

  • fast response times

  • high quality equipment

By choosing a company with all of these benefits, a homeowner can focus on the true value they’re getting for the money they’re spending. It’s a good way for them to feel secure in their own home, and to be happy with the company they’re using.

Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Brinks Home™.

Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor.

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