Where to Place a Home Security DVR System


September 15, 2020

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Home security equipment is the eyes and ears of a home. Sometimes, it’s even the voice since modern day security systems communicate back to you via push notification alerts. This is a guide for where to place a home security DVR system.

Where to Place a Home Security DVR System

For those with IP cameras — systems that are stored and operated via the cloud — they don’t have to worry about their entire systems being compromised by a burglar who cuts a few wires or destroys a system. Open Source IP cameras, however, can be more susceptible to hacking, however, so you should consider your options carefully.

DVR’s are the newer home security systems that have replaced analog. These DVR systems often have higher quality video and a lower level of maintenance. Unlike IP cameras, DVR systems do not connect to the internet. These DVR’s are closed circuit systems, which means they are only connected to each other locally, and not to any networks.

Most people have IP cameras. IP systems stream directly to the internet, and you can check them from anywhere. If you do decide to go with a closed-system DVR, here are some places people commonly put them.

The Hiding Places


A closet is the safest hiding place for a DVR system, since closets will often serve as a structured wiring center for your home, and you’ll have a few options with the various closets in the house. Plus, you can place items on top or around your DVR to further conceal it.

Whether you choose the master bedroom closet, an office closet, or another option, you are sure to find somewhere in the home that will afford you the hiding that you need. Just make sure that you place it somewhere high in the closet and that the wires are hidden well.


Other high shelves or cupboards are great hiding spots for the best DVR systems. Maybe select a cupboard in the kitchen, or a central location like the living room that houses other important home materials as well.

Cupboards also work because they are often difficult to reach, and since burglars want to get in and out, the longer they have to spend in a home, the less they’ll want to tamper with devices.

Create a Space

This could mean you place the device in a hidden wall or a crawl space or placing it in its own unique room.

You can get creative with the placement and put your DVR in a safe place that won’t be likely found.

Include a Lockbox

Regardless of the location you choose, make sure that a safe, lockbox, or other concealable tool is used to seal the device. Just remember these DVR systems will likely generate heat, so it’s important the place you choose allows for a heat ventilation system.

The best suggestion is to simply put a lock box around it. Having a device that is locked and keeps your item safeguarded will be the best bet against criminals. Simply include ventilation for the wiring.

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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