Best Security Cameras for Apartments and Renters

Get the smartest security cameras without drilling holes or stringing wires.

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Steve Siems
Sep 06, 2023
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One of the hardest parts about renting out a place is not being allowed to permanently mount anything or put holes in the wall. But what do you do if you want to install a security camera?

Well, we've got some options for security cameras you can install without putting any holes in the wall so you'll always be able to get your deposit back.

Best security cameras for renters price and specs comparison
Product
List price
Power source
Video storage
Learn more

Remo+ DoorCam 2

$164.99

Battery or power cord

3 days cloud storage

Panasonic HomeHawk

$124.95

Power cord

24/7 local storage

Doorbell Boa

$32.99

Compatible with battery-powered doorbell cams

N/A

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 09/06/23 4:05 MST). Full disclaimer

Remo+ DoorCam 2

The Remo+ DoorCam 2 is an over-the-door, smart security camera. This allows you to have a camera right above your door to detect packages being dropped off and people stopping by without drilling any holes. Like the name suggests, you're just going to be hanging it over your door.

Image of front door with the Remo Cam 2

Remo+ DoorCam 2 features:

  • Easy installation
  • Live feed
  • Push notifications
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision,
  • Battery or USB power options
  • 3 days of free cloud storage
  • Advanced motion sensor
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Multiple users
  • Weather resistant

Remo+ DoorCam 2 demo

We have full demos on the Remo+ DoorCam 2 app and video quality. Check out the clips linked below for the full experience.

Panasonic HomeHawk

If having a camera over your door isn’t your thing, let me introduce you to the Panasonic HomeHawk. This camera actually suction cups to your window. Now, by suction cupping to your window, it actually prevents the camera from seeing the reflection in the window.

Image of Panasonic Homehawk positioned facing outside the window

With a typical security camera, if you try to put it up against the window, unless it is very tight against that window, your camera will pick up the window’s reflection, especially at night if it has infrared lights. The HomeHawk actually suction cups to the window and has no infrared lighting. Instead, it uses a lower aperture on their camera to be able to pick up more light in dark areas.

Panasonic HomeHawk features:

  • Colored night vision
  • Free 24/7 local storage
  • Person detection
  • Customizable notifications
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
  • Indoor only
  • 1080p resolution
  • Suction cup installation

Panasonic HomeHawk demo

Make sure to watch our full demos to see how the HomeHawk really works.

Doorbell Boa

You want something a little bit more mainstream, then the Doorbell Boa is going to be the fit for you. The Boa is a protective sleeve that you can put most battery-powered video doorbells inside of.

Image of Doorbell BOA on the outside of the door

Once you have your doorbell installed inside the Boa, you're just going to slip it over the side of your door. You can position it at any height that you want and then just fasten it to the door.

The Doorbell Boa should fit most, if not all, of the Ring Video Doorbells, the Eufy Video Doorbell, and the Blink Cam.

Doorbell Boa installation

Installation is pretty straight forward. The Boa comes with a bunch of foam pads. You're just going to essentially pad up your doorbell so it fits in the center of the boa and clip it in.

The Doorbell Boa comes with a command strip that you’ll install on the inside of your door. The manual has a ruler to help you measure the placement of the command strip. Then all you have to do is slip this over the side of the door, and you're good to go. This is going to allow you to use that doorbell cam you’ve had your eye on without drilling any holes.

Best security cameras for renters price and specs comparison
Product
List price
Power source
Video storage
Learn more

Remo+ DoorCam 2

$164.99

Battery or power cord

3 days cloud storage

Panasonic HomeHawk

$124.95

Power cord

24/7 local storage

Doorbell Boa

$32.99

Compatible with battery-powered doorbell cams

N/A

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Steve Siems
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Steve Siems
Steve is a social media influencer and an overall Smart Home enthusiast. He loves to geek out with all things tech, and is quickly becoming one of the industries leading voices. When he's not in front of the camera, Steve is researching the next greatest Smart Home accessory or playing with his 2 little girls in sunny So Cal.

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