The idea of arming the house with different safety sensors is undoubtedly popular among house owners, since no one want’s to find a rummaged house upon arriving home. However, most of them argue on the actual level of protection. You see, most homeowners are satisfied with placing one or two alarms around the doors, as investing in more equipment is not only expensive, but also disfigures the house design. Unfortunately such barebones defense proves to be useless during a well-planned home intrusion.
The clever choice lays in a strategic selection of the three main detector types: window/door sensors, glass break sensors and motion sensors. Variety is encouraged even by the home security companies themselves, who present carefully assembled packages with diverse alarm equipment.
These kinds of detectors are the most popular house defense solutions, and you find a large supply of them with local hardware stores and national alarm companies alike. They use a magnet and a sensor: the former is attached to the window, while the latter is installed on the frame. In alarmed state there is a circuit between the two, and if it’s disturbed by moving the window – prompting a break-in – the sensor signals it and sounds the alarm. It’s important to know that you don’t need to put sensors on every single window and door in your house – it would bleed your wallet dry – only the important ones, like the main entrance, or a window that opens to the balcony.
In case you wish to make the sensor less visible, choose equipment from the “recessed” or “vanishing” types: they cost more, but they are thinner, less detectable, and synergize better with the interior. There are also vented window sensors that can protect opened windows.
Glass Break Sensors
“Why would I need a glass break sensor when I already have window sensors?” one might ask. The answer is simple: as we explained above, magnetic systems are only sensing the trajectory of the object they are attached to, and they cannot do anything when someone skillfully breaks the glace. This is where the similarly dubbed detector comes in, which uses an audio microphone, allowing it to “hear” loud noises. In case your home has large windows, or doors with decorative glass panels on them, such sensor offers complementary protection, alongside the normal alarms.
The last group of detectors is quite self-explanatory. While glass break and window sensors prevent burglars from crossing the lines of your home, motion sensors offer valuable service once they are in. These are your second-line fighters, offering a nasty surprise for criminals who entered the building through the chimney, like an evil Santa Claus. Jokes aside, lots of thieves consider themselves winners after bypassing the perimeter alarms, and they don’t suspect an interior sensor, craftily hidden in a shadowy corner. Although motion detectors seem to offer more complex protection, we don’t recommend relying only on interior sensors. They are only triggered if the interlopers enter their range, not to mention the false alarms caused by careless family members. Luckily your household animals won’t become prime suspects, since there are now pet-sensitive motion sensors.
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