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Summertime is the perfect time of year to extol the benefits of driveway sensor alarms.  Of course their most common use is to alert you that someone has entered your property via your driveway, but we’ll talk about some other ways they provide protection.


Pictured above is a driveway alarm sensor. 

 First of all, this is an often forgotten about area of home security, so please be sure to bring it up when consulting with your security integrator. 

Second, let’s talk about how the alarms actually work.  Most are like your motion detectors inside your home—they are sensor-based…they pick up motion which then trips the alarm.

They comprise a transmitter and a receiver.  When the outside portion of the alarm is tripped (often near the driveway), it transmits a signal to the receiver inside the home where household members can hear it, and the alarm sounds.  A recorded message can even play outside so the intruder can hear the fact that he or she’s been detected.

Many driveway alarm systems are wireless—this makes them able to be installed in various places, which brings us to our five ways they protect you.

1) The most obvious—stop people from entering your property who have used your driveway to do so.  This provides a layer of protection so that the system inside your house might not even need to be deployed.

2) Think about how far away your vehicles can be from where you sleep.  You may not hear the noise of a break-in.  Driveway alarm sensors can wake you up in time to ward off thieves and/or call the police.

3) The sensors can protect against thieves entering your garage.  You may keep many valuables inside your garage, including vehicles, antiques, tools, etc.

4) How about if you have a boat “parked” in your yard.  Vandals and thieves could have free reign if it weren’t for a properly placed sensor.

5) Saving what most would consider the most important for last—using the sensors to warn you when your child gets too close to the pool.  The sensors don’t know if it’s a thieve or a toddler, they just pick up the motion and cause the annunciation to be made on the receiver.

We hope you add this relatively simple, yet very important layer of security to your overall residential system.  Thanks for spending some time with us today.

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