An important part of your security plan is keeping tabs on what's happening around your home.
Whether it’s monitoring your home for uninvited visitors or keeping tabs on stray pets crossing your property, a driveway alarm can be a useful tool for any homeowner.
Driveway alarms are essentially sensitive motion sensors and receivers. When something moves into the path of its infrared beams, you are immediately notified.
Many driveway alarms can also detect outgoing movements, so you can tell which way your pet went or if a family member is entering or leaving the premises.
There are many benefits to installing a driveway alarm, however, with so many on the market, it’s helpful to know how to differentiate between them to find the one that best meets your security needs.
The most prominent positive feature of this alarm is that it has a very long range. Its sensors can connect with its receiver from as far as half a mile away, making it an excellent choice for monitoring large areas.
It its simple structure and design, it is highly accurate, easy to install, and reasonably priced for its features.
Although this alarm comes with a single passive infrared motion sensor and receiver, its system can be expanded to accommodate up to 16 sensors and many receivers from other home security systems.
Another versatile feature is that users can select from over 30 alert tones. It detects movement from as far as 40 feet away and can transmit up to a quarter of a mile. A small red light comes on when the sensor detects movement.
It is highly durable and comes with a lifetime warranty. Its sensor is designed to be weather resistant, and the receiver comes with a rechargeable backup battery.
The Dakota driveway alarm is perfect for users who want more advanced vehicle detection. The alarm has a probe-style design that you install in the ground to detect vibrations produced by metal objects (e.g. vehicles).
It comes with about 50 feet of wire for underground installation, enabling transmission over long distances – good for those with a large amount of space between their homes and the end of their driveway. Its electromagnetic probes and passive infrared motion sensors make it excellent for monitoring your property.
The Rodann Wireless Driveway alarm is excellent at detecting human or animal movement across an area because its reads thermal output produced by living things rather than listening for vehicular vibrations.
It has the most extended passive infrared motion sensor range of all the listed alarms, but has a short sensor-receiver range. It is best installed closer to the house.
The most distinctive feature of this alarm is the LCD counter on its receiver which tabulates the number of bodies detected until the user resets it.
This driveway alarm is designed to look more like an innocuous solar-powered garden light than an alarm so as not to draw attention from trespassers. This device only detects vehicular motion.
The Safety Technology Wireless Driveway sensor is magnetic and solar powered, so you won’t have to change any batteries. Installation is easy as it doesn't require any wiring.
Among its outstanding features is an extensive sensor-receiver range but it has an average detection range of 12 feet.
For large properties, a driveway alarm gives you the extra coverage you need for complete peace-of-mind.
Whether it is just an electromagnetic probe to sense incoming vehicles or passive infrared alarms to detect human activity, there is a driveway alarm to meet your needs.
While driveway alarms provide us with great utility, they cannot replace the role of a complete home security system.
To learn more about what goes into making a comprehensive and powerful security system, check out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security.
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