Mounting a Security Camera Without Drilling Holes: Three Options


September 2, 2020

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The  right system for home security  is one that offers all the equipment needed — and among that equipment is generally at least one security camera. But mounting that camera may mean that a homeowner has to drill holes in the wall, much do their chagrin. Additionally, if a renter is using a DIY system and wants to add cameras, they may not be ready (or be allowed) to drill holes in the wall to mount that camera.  Fortunately, there are ways that a security camera can be mounted without drilling holes. Three of the most common ways are: 

  • Using a removable adhesive strip or suction cup that can be peeled off the wall at a later date without damaging anything 

  • Using a small hook that will only leave a little hole, and doesn’t require any drilling 

  • Putting the camera on something such as a shelf or table, where there’s no need to actually attach it to the wall 

With those three options in mind, a homeowner or renter can get a security camera in the location they want, and not be doing damage to the wall in the process. 

There Are Several Ways to Mount a Camera 

The most important thing about mounting a security camera is that it’s set up to “see” everything it’s supposed to — and that it is in a location where the homeowner’s happy with it. But there’s actually more to it than that. The security camera also needs to be mounted correctly, and for some people that can mean not drilling holes in anything. 

Whether you’re renting and can’t drill due to an apartment policy, or you simply don’t want to, there are other choices you can make to get a security camera mounted without having holes in the walls. In choosing an alternative way to mount the camera,  you may have to get a bit more creative. However, you can certainly get the camera mounted to where they can feel safe and protected. 

Height and Placement Both Matter 

Security cameras play a fundamental role in your  home security system.  They’re needed to see if someone is in the house or around the outside of it where they don’t belong. A camera’s height plus its placement are both critically important to its function. If the camera is mounted too high it’s not going to get a good, clear picture that you, the homeowner, will need in the event of a situation. Mounting the camera too low can make it very easy for someone to remove or damage the device. Rather than take those kinds of risks, you should use the proper means to get the camera mounted where it should be. 

Understanding the Perfect Height for Mounting Cameras 

For more security and efficient coverage, we suggest mounting your security camera outdoors at 9 feet above the ground. This is tall enough to prevent a burglar or other unwanted guests from tampering with the device. It also isn’t too high to blur out faces. 

Don’t be afraid of making your security camera visible, either. The more likely an intruder is to see your security device the more likely they are to abandon their pursuit. Some spots around your home’s exterior that are effective for installing your camera includes next to the: 

  • Front door 

  • First-floor window 

  • Back door 

  • Garage 

When installing a camera in a high location, always use a stable ladder and seek assistance when needed. 

Should a Security Company Handle It? 

Whether you want to use a security company for professional installation or go with a DIY option is up to you. But if you choose a company for peace of mind, you should consider one that offers: 

  • Easy, professional installation 

  • 24/7 monitoring 

  • strong customer service 

  • good response times 

  • high quality equipment 

Additionally, you may want to check with the company and see how they recommend handling a security camera’s installation without drilling holes. Working with a company that’s on the same page can make a big difference in how easy the installation is and how good you feel about the experience. Brinks Home Security™ install technicians will explain proper placement for you and can help you avoid making unnecessary holes in your walls. Call us today to find out more.  

Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor. 

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