Working on installing IP surveillance cameras around our residence. I fully appreciate that this can be a complex optimization effort. I've done a lot of reading.... Covering the front door and porch is obvious. Thinking about a video door station and a higher mounted camera to watch the front porch, door, and entrance walkway.
The rear of the house has several options. As the rear might be more vulnerable, I'm asking for suggestions and opinions.
Is is generally preferred to cameras 'remote' and watching the doors/windows. For instance, I could mount a couple of cameras on our shed to watch the rear yard (including one gate) and to watch the other side of the yard. This second camera would watch some first floor windows, a patio and a corridor between our house the neighbors fence. This corridor leads from the street and from the properties behind out house. This seems to be an obvious entry. I should add that this area is also covered by a couple of motion-detector floodlights.
OR, is it preferred to mount cameras directly on the outside of the house to watch the doors and windows?? Thinking that a camera on the house itself might have a better chance of seeing the face of the intruder.
Maybe the ideal is to have both locations. The shed mounted camera is fairly easy to install. But house mounted cameras might get a better view.
Same story on the other side of the rear yard. This area is fenced in and I'm thinking about a camera or two mounted on or at the fence looking back toward the house windows and doors. Thinking about the camera in a bird-house idea. I'm not opposed to running underground CAT cable which may be easier than running cables on the house itself.
Any input is welcome.