The whole point of getting an Arlo camera is to catch snoopers who are would-be package thieves or burglars in the act or even before it to deter them from getting away with stealing your stuff Scot-free.
With that said, you should know how to mount your Arlo camera in the great outdoors to be able to properly secure your perimeter. At the very least, you can depend on these mounted cameras to help you know in advance who’s at your front door—a salesman or a real family guest.
The proper mounting procedure is mostly dependent on where you wish to place your Arlo camera.
How to Mount Arlo Camera Outside
To mount your Arlo camera outside properly, figure out where to place it. The mount should have instructions included to streamline the mounting process. Setting up your Arlo camera mount is ultimately done on a case-by-case basis.
When positioning your Arlo camera outdoors, there are several difficulties to take into account. Aside from the advice provided by this article, you will unavoidably have to go through a bit of trial and error to set up any mount for any Arlo camera model. You should also look for the right mounts and accessories that smooth out the Arlo mount setup process.
Further reading: How to Install Arlo Pro Outside or Outdoors
06 Different Mounts You Can Use with Arlo Cameras
Here are the different outdoor mounts you can use with your Arlo wireless cameras.
Arlo Magnetic Ball Mount
This default mount is magnetized. This allows you to stick your camera to it easily, like sticking a magnet to your fridge for easy detachment and attachment. When used outdoors, do so with out-of-reach placement in mind to prevent theft and accidental removal.
Arlo Screw or Bolt-In Mount
If you wish for a more traditional outdoorsy Arlo mount, then the Arlo Screw Mount is for you. It solidly cradles the camera in question while at the same time is made of solid construction steel that you can bolt into walls or ceilings with its screws and a bit of drilling on your part.
Arlo Quad Pod Mount
The main claim to fame of the Arlo Quad Pod is that it has a perforated, rough bottom that sticks almost anywhere in and out of your home. It sticks to surfaces in a seamless manner without screws and it lets your Arlo camera hang by a silicone arm.
Arlo Gutter Mount
The Arlo Gutter Mount is another flexible mounting solution for Arlo cameras that works by providing a mount that clips or sticks to most any common gutter type used in suburban homes. From there, it offers additional benefits like an adjustable bird’s eye view of your front or back yard through a 180° tilt and 360° swivel.
Arlo Gooseneck Mount
The adjustable Arlo Gooseneck Mount is named as such because its rubber stick mounting arm is shaped like the neck of a goose for extra versatility. This allows attachment to more irregular surfaces like railings, branches, doorknobs, and fences.
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Best Placements for Your Arlo Cameras
To catch criminals and thieves, you need to put your Arlo camera in the right location while also making it face at the correct angle. A bit of camouflage might be called for as well. It’s also preferable that the whole perimeter is covered. This ensures maximum visibility, of course.
You should also sketch a layout of your property first before installing any Arlo cameras. This makes it easier for you to know where to place these eyes beyond your body and into your home. For example, you can start at the front porch then as you get more money to buy more cameras, you can extend from garage to backyard then to trees and birdhouses in your front yard. Not necessarily in that order.
Furthermore, anything you miss on one quadrant of your home can be captured in another quadrant since the burglar will naturally be on the move while committing his crime of burglary. Place your camera from the front yard to the backyard as well as in your garage or any entry points leading to your home.
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Don’t Forget to Cover All Points of Entry
Burglars and package thieves take the same routes as you do in order to enter your home. They can end up going up to your home and invade it like Santa, but since that takes time, effort, and planning, they’re less likely to do it. They want their burglary to be done short and sweet more often than not, which means that they’ll opt for the path of least resistance.
- Resist by Proper Camera Placement: Resist potential robbery by placing cameras near or at your front and back doors. You can place a floodlight camera to deter them from entering since they’re being watched or a hidden camera in case you instead want to record footage of their act. Other high-risk locations for thief entry include ground-level windows that are out of view from the streets.
- Cover Secluded Areas and Restricted Areas: Suspicious activities tend to happen in dark, secluded areas such as dumpster pads, parking lots, and alleyways. Once you’ve secured your home perimeter, you can then add cameras in those areas to monitor suspicious activities and surveillance on the criminals’ part. They might be waiting for you to go on vacation or leave the home empty before striking.
- Cameras Aimed at the Home Itself: Don’t forget to further guarantee 360° surveillance of your property by placing cameras aimed at the home itself and not cameras giving you outward views from outside the home. It makes perfect sense to have a “first-person” and “third-person” point of view to get the whole picture when doing your monitoring.
When All Is Said and Done
A camera can be a deterrent to break-ins so that you won’t have to file police reports for stolen property (for naught) any longer. In order to properly mount your Arlo security cam, make sure it’s placed correctly.
From there, pick the right mounting type. Mounting can range from something simple, like sticking the perforated bottom of your mount to the wall to make it stick without damaging it. Or you might be forced to drill holes in your property in order to get a solid screw-in or bolt-in mount placed overhead on your porch’s ceiling or right at one of the branches of your huge oak tree. It all depends on the situation.
- “Best Placements for your Arlo Ultra Cameras“, Wasserstein Blogs, August 1, 2019
- “Where should I place my Arlo camera?“, Arlo.com, August 25, 2019
- “Arlo Pro Mounts: The Best Mounting Options for Your Needs“, Wasserstein-Home.com Blogs, June 11, 2019
- Feature image credits – Photo by Ntgr- Arlologin on Flickr.com