Driveway Alarms

Ever wondered how safe your living environment is? How many sinister individuals wander around you, your family and your house?  Here are a few alarming statistics that will give you an idea:

  • In 2011, an approximate 1,203,564 violent crimes occurred nationwide

  • 386.3 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded in the year

  • Aggravated assaults were 62.4% of violent crimes, robbery was 29.4%, forcible rape was 6.9% and murder accounted for 1.2% of violent crimes

  • An estimated total of 721,053 motor vehicles were stolen nationwide in 2012

  • Vehicle theft is on the rise, having gone up 0.6% in 2012, as compared to 2011

  • These are just a few FBI statistics. There are thousands of people becoming victims of heinous crimes every day. These figures affect you just as much as they affect the rest in the US. You can’t lower the crime rates of this country yourself. What you can do though, is take precautions.

    Driveway Alarm System

    Nearly all home security solutions start with defense strategies for your front door. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, you need to know that burglars don’t magically appear out of thin air, in front of your house. Wouldn’t it be better if you were notified the moment they set foot on your property? That would certainly buy you more time to alert authorities or take appropriate steps.

    Types of Driveway Alarms

    There are two main types of driveway alarms that are available in the market:

    Plug-In Receiver

    The receiver component of this type of alarm can be plugged into a standard wall outlet and mounted on a wall or placed on a table. Sensors are placed around your house, including your driveway. When the receiver gets a signal from any of the sensors, indicating activity around the premises, it sounds the alarm.

    Wired/Wireless Sensors

    • Motion Alarm: This alarm can be placed in your drive way strategically. It uses active or passive infrared technology to detect movement in the designated area

    • Buried Probe Sensor: This cylindrical sensor is typically buried parallel to the driveway and senses vehicles as they pass by

    • Rubber Hose Alarm: This is an interesting technology that allows you to camouflage the alarm sensor on your driveway. Often the burglar will notice a typical alarm sensor and try to avoid its range. With a hose sensor that is casually placed on your driveway, the burglar would be caught off guard.

    • Beam Sensor: This type is designed to use light beams shone horizontally between two sensors. Whenever an object disrupts the beam, the alarm is triggered.

    There are many such variations of driveway alarms available in the market. Understand the need of your particular driveway and the sorts of intrusions you want taken care of, before you make the purchase.

    How to decide what Driveway Alarm you should buy?

    You need to keep in mind a few considerations regarding your security needs before you go to the market.

    • Determine the minimum transmission distance you need: This is the distance between the indoor unit and the outdoor sensor. Presence of a wall in between will need to be taken into account.

    • Decide why you want it: Do you need to detect vehicles only, or people and animals as well?

    • Will it be a part of your overall security system or a standalone device? Connecting this alarm with your entire security network will require more effort, but it will send all alerts and warnings to your main alarm control panel. You won’t have to look at separate receivers for different alarms.

    • Is there any possible interference between the receiver and the transmitter? If there are trees or lawn adornments between the two components, this might cause disruption.

    • Determine the number of sensors your driveway will require: Depending on the size of your drive way, you might need to buy several sensors.

    Burglars need a very short amount of time to rob your house, whether you are at home or not. Your cash, cars, jewelry, electronic appliances, phones and laptops etc, are all items easy to just pick up, and walk away. Buy yourself more time because every second will count when a burglar steps on your property. Install a driveway alarm for the earliest warning.



    Q:At what angle should is mount my driveway security alarm?

    A:Your wireless driveway alarm will have a set of reflectors that you would need to hide inside the fence or the gate. The sensor would be placed just opposite to the set of reflectors, on the same angle. If someone will break the line of sight, the alarm will go off.

    Q:How loud is the driveway alarm? Is it still effective if mounted at a distance?

    A:Driveway alarms are expected to be loud so they can alert the owners and other people of any suspicious activity. However, the loudness of a driveway alarm may differ depending on the brand of the alarm. You may test the alarms before buying them to see if they are loud enough to meet your security needs.

    Q:Do driveway alarms work in winter season or will snow weather affect it?

    A:Since driveway alarms are mounted outside the house, the alarm companies make sure that their product is weather resistant and stays intact in extreme weather. However, it would be better if you go for a weather resistant design and also confirm from the sales executive about the durability of their driveway alarm in extremely cold weather or snow.

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