Wireless Driveway Alert System
Imagine this. You’re sitting in your living room, relaxing with a cup of coffee, when you notice through the window that someone suspicious is coming toward your front door, possibly armed. When the bell rings, you decide against answering the door, hoping that the “unwelcomed visitor” would somehow leave. Suddenly, you hear the sound of glass breaking and someone coming in through the other window, and you are now absolutely positive that it is none other than that “unwelcomed visitor”. You rush for the phone and call the police.
Now imagine you hadn’t caught sight of the person and were taken by surprise. Frightening, isn’t it?
To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Those few minutes you had knowing that you were in imminent danger could be more valuable to you than you think. Therefore, if you want to avoid such a terrible situation, you might want to consider installing a wireless driveway alert system.
Wireless Driveway Alert System - How It Works
Wireless driveway alert systems are usually weatherproof, easy to install and have a range of approximately four hundred feet. They could be placed almost anywhere; they are designed to work during power outages as they are battery operated. Such systems typically consist of three main components:
Sensor: This is designed to detect motion in your driveway. Sensors may be multipurpose motion detectors, that use passive infrared technology (PIR) to detect heat and movement; or electromagnetic detectors that are activated only by cars and thus minimize the possibility of false alarms.
Transmitter: This device relays the sensors’ signals to the receivers.
Receiver: These sound an alert to the homeowner if signals are picked up by the transmitter. The alerts can be customized by assigning a different ring to each sensor or setting how long it should be played for. You could even set a pre-recorded voice message to play as the alarm, such as “Intruder in the driveway”.
Suits your Every Need
Additional Components: The best part about wireless driveway alarms is that they are designed to be easily customizable. If your house has multiple entry points, you could set up your transmitters or sensors in different areas to give you greater coverage. On the other hand, you could also get more than one receiver for each room or even a portable receiver so that wherever you are, you know there is someone in the driveway. The alert on your receivers can be changed too, allowing you to set a different sound of varying lengths (or even pre-recorded voice messages) to let you know where exactly the unwanted visitor is.
Different Purposes: Your driveway alarms could also be multipurpose. If you worry about someone tampering with the vehicle outside, the alarm could let you know if someone is in the immediate vicinity. But better yet, some driveway alarms could even be configured with your home security systems to act as a deterrent to give your house greater protection while you are away. Thus, surveillance cameras, outdoor lighting and a police-notification service could all be triggered so that the intruder won’t be able to make it past your driveway.
Things to Consider
Before setting up a wireless driveway alert system, you should look into the following first:
Find out the different kinds of systems being offered in the market and the packages they come in.
Find out the maximum suggested range between transmitters and receivers.
Find out whether any trees or lamp posts obstruct signals by testing the system first.
Find out what the fees for false alarms are, if any, from your local police department.
Find out whether the company offers any technical assistance or support.
In the end, a wireless driveway alert system could offer your home better protection by being its first line of defense against potential intruders. Remember, knowledge is power, and knowing whether your house is about to be invaded could be the difference between life and death.