Reading the newspaper or watching the 6:00 news is a very depressing these days considering all the crime. A recent article connected the high unemployment rate and struggling economy to petty retail and residential crime. Most of us do a decent job securing our home. However, securing the property you own outside your home is often overlooked – and criminals know that. Crime rates by area are available online, and it’s probably a good idea to see what is going on in your neighborhood. In addition to becoming aware of the actual crime rate in your area, any wise homeowner should invest into a Security Plan that doesn’t stop at the front door. Design a plan to include your entire property.
When designing a security plan, start inside your home. There are many home security plans available. What we are going to focus on here is the ability to monitor cars or people entering your property through the driveway. A good example, would be the sensor alerting you when a car pulls into your driveway at night. Often times, criminals can turn off their lights, drive right onto your property and conduct a survey of your property without you knowing.
Depending on the model, driveway alarms have the ability to detect people and vehicles in your driveway and be able to send an alert 650 feet to 4 miles away. Sensor options include types that will detect movement, while others will only detect large metallic objects. Receivers are the piece of the device that plays the chime or alert notice. Most brands will have a plug-in and hand held version of the receiver available. Most also have the ability to set sensor to different “zones” which will play a distinct sound from one to the next. This would enable you, for example, to have a sensor that covers the front driveway and another around the back shed. Each of the sensors are set to a different zone so when it is triggered, a different sound is played. Wireless driveway alarms are generally more popular than wired driveway alarms. The reason is because they’re easier to set up an install. A wireless driveway alarm can be mounted on a telephone pole, a tree, your garage, or somewhere on your house where it sends a signal much like a radio wave. If you had to wire the alarm, you would have to take the time too neatly organize the cable along the side of the house even bury it underground. Installing a wireless driveway alarm is something that a homeowner can do without the help of a professional technician. Wired alarms are more common in places like mansions and businesses and many times are buried underneath the ground.
Protecting your property before people actually get to your property is a great first step in protecting your valuables and family. You will have a much better peace of mind knowing that if somebody even comes within a certain distance of your property, you’ll be notified immediately.
The image below is an example of the Dakota Alert DCMA-2500 Wireless Driveway Alarm. This system will detect any type of movement and is capable of transmitting a wireless signal up to 2500 feet (depending on the terrain and other environmental factors).