Door Alarms

If you have ever wondered how likely your home is to be burglarized, then you’d want to continue reading this. Here are a few statistics that will put things into perspective for you:

  • According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 15.4 seconds in the United States

  • 60% burglars use some sort of force to enter a house (ALARM.ORG)

  • Typically, burglars spend approximately 60 seconds to break into a home (ALARM.ORG)

  • An estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred every year between 2003 and 2007 (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

  • Only 17% of the homes in the US have a home security system (Guardian Watch)

A study conducted by the University of North Caroline at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, revealed that most burglars checked to determine if a house has a security system in place or not, before attempting burglary. This claim is substantiated by the following facts:

  • Homes with any form of security system in place are 300% less likely to be burglarized (FBI)

  • 90% of convicted burglars said they avoid homes with security alarm systems (Private security report from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration)

  • 74% of incomplete burglaries were due to an audible alarm that went off as soon as the burglars entered (ALARM.ORG)

It is a common misconception that a burglar would be considered brainless if he chooses to walk straight through the front door. In fact, the most common point of entry for a burglar is the front door. Maybe that is the reason, magnetic gun holders were created to keep your firearms handy right next to your entery doors. Securing this point of entry, therefore, is of critical importance.

How Do Door Alarms Work?

Wired or wireless, door alarms are designed to be easily installed. These alarms work with a sensor and magnet. The sensor is installed on the door frame and the magnet is placed on the door itself. When the alarm is programmed to alert the owners, a circuit is attached by a magnetic current that in case of an intrusion is triggered and sends a signal to the alarm panel. Opening or closing the door sends a message to the owner that the premises have been breached.

Different Types:

Door alarms, ideally should be invisible to intruders. Depending on the amount of investment you are willing to make, the following options may be available to you:

  • Surface Contact Sensors and Magnets: This may be the least expensive option available but is also the most evident and noticeable one.

  • Recessed Contact Sensors and Magnets: These are less visible than surface sensors, since they are installed inside the door frame.

  • Vanishing Sensors: These are very thin and practically undetectable sensors, blending in with the household décor.

  • Garage Door Contact Sensors: The sensor is installed on the garage door and the magnet is attached to the floor.

Which Door Alarm is for You?

The following may serve as a guideline when selecting the best door alarms:

  • Determine which doors in your home are most prone to intrusions.

  • Do you have children at home who have a habit of wandering? A door alarm can notify you as soon as they leave or enter the premises.

  • Does the company you are thinking of purchasing your alarm system from, offer you after sales service?

  • Is the alarm system simple enough to be used by everyone in the house?

  • Are there any secondary passwords that family members or relatives can use to arm or disarm the system?

Home security systems are becoming increasingly important with such high rates of burglaries across the country. Your first line of defense is a door alarm. You may have a very sophisticated alarm system in place, but even a single, unsecured and unmonitored door can render the entire security network useless. If you need to save money, don’t save it on door alarms; it might cost you more.


Q:Are door security systems and alarm monitoring worth it?

A:According to the FBI, over 8,000,000 property crimes took place in 2012. Many home security companies are offering monitoring services. This means, the company will be alerted if the alarm goes off, and will notify you or the law enforcement agency. You also have the option of monitoring the security system yourself. The security system will send you a notification via phone or email to alert you regarding a potential break-in, burglary, or false alarm. Responding to such emergencies quickly and efficiently is important to prevent the risk of being burglarized.

Q:Can I set my door alarm with a pet left outside?

A:If you have pets in or outside the house, it is recommended you have a pet-friendly alarm system. Pet-friendly systems are easily available in the market and are specifically designed for homeowners who want to reduce the risk of false alarms caused by pets. You can adjust the sensors and detectors according to your preference, allowing sensors to distinguish between movement caused by pets and humans.

Q:Do door alarm systems prevent break-ins?

A:Door alarms can help minimize the risk of break-ins and burglaries. According to a research conducted by the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, burglars will avoid homes that have security alarms installed. If you want to boost security, it is recommended you secure all entry points around the house including the windows.

Q:What should I check when the door alarm system has been installed?

A:Once the door alarm has been installed, it is recommended you turn on the device and check if it functions properly. The door alarm must be properly connected to the main control panel of the security system. If you have opted for a wired alarm, make sure the wires are connected. On the other hand, if you have chosen a wireless system, make sure no major object is in the path of the alarm and the signal receiver.

Q:Will a door alarm give me total security?

A:A door alarm can provide you with a certain level of security. This will help minimize the risk of intrusion and break-ins via door. However, many burglars opt for entry through the window or garage door. The coverage and security of other points of entry around the house are also important. If you are seeking total security, it is recommended you opt for a security system that offers more coverage around the house.

Q:Will my door alarm system function in the event of a power outage?

A:Typically, an alarm system will be fitted with a backup battery. This means you do not have to worry about your alarm system shutting down in the event of a power outage. However, the backup battery will not last for an extended period of time. Some may last up to 24 hours. It would be helpful if you ask your security company about the backup battery lifetime.

Q:After door sensor activation is there any activation msg or any email?

A:If you have placed door sensors, any intrusion occurring through the door can trigger the alarm. The alarm can alert the homeowner as well as the monitoring company about any possible security breach. Many sensors are also programmed to send text messages or emails to the owner, when a door is opened or closed by any person entering or leaving the house.

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