How to hide security camera wires

Updated February 21, 2017

When installing a hidden digital video recorder for surveillance purposes, hiding the wires from the camera is just as important as hiding the camera itself. Obvious wires will be a target for thieves who can simply cut the power supply to the camera, rendering your camera useless. There are many effective ways of hiding a security camera's wires, and how you hide them depends on the location of the camera.

Build a cable run to hide the wires. If you haven't plasterboarded your ceiling yet, or if you're willing to do some massive remodelling, you can install a cable run to hide the wires. The cable run is a flexible tube that encases the wires. The run is placed in the ceiling so it is not in plain view of intruders.

Run the cables through the tiles of a suspended ceiling. If you have a camera that is mounted high off the ground near a mounted ceiling, you can simply feed the wires of the device up through the ceiling tiles to conceal them.

Hide the wires of a low-mounted camera under the carpet or within the skirting boards. Hiding cables under skirting can be tricky if you happen to have lots of doorways, so if you are hiding the cables low, try to hide them underneath the flooring.

Cut a hole in the wall and feed the wires directly behind the device. The wires can be threaded through the plasterboard and be virtually invisible to intruders.

Buy a wireless device. The best possible way of hiding security camera wires is buy a device that doesn't even have wires. There are many wireless models available that will cut installation costs and save you the hassle of trying to hide wires.

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Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.