Motion sensitive spotlights can be hooked up to an alarm system or they can be purchased individually to place around the outside of your property. When purchasing a motion sensitive spotlight it is important to make sure that there is an adjustable level of sensitivity to ensure that your motion detector will not set the light off with every fox that crosses your garden. Installation of motion sensitive spotlights is an easy process and simply involves mounting the spotlight in the designated area of your property. When mounting your light it is important to make sure that it does not shine directly in to any neighbors homes, this prevents awkward conversations in the days following your installation.
Glass Break Detectors
Glass break detectors are an optional feature that are now offered with most home alarm systems and are either vibration or sound detectors that are designed to set off the home alarm when glass is broken within the home. A lot of people see this addition as a luxury add-on to their alarm system; however, it can be an invaluable addition to your home especially if you have a basement or area of the home that is secluded from the rest of the house. Many burglars gain entry to a residence through secluded entrances to the home such as basement windows or doors, back doors or even garage side doors and often times they do it by breaking glass to unlock the door or window for entry. Glass break detectors will send a signal to your alarm when the detector senses the vibration or sound of breaking glass in the designated location. This add-on can be placed in as many or as few locations as you wish.
Door and Window Contacts
Door and window contacts are a common part of all modern alarm systems and they are utilized to determine whether a door or a window is currently open within the home. If a door is open a signal is sent from that door sensor to the alarm panel and the alarm will not be able to be set. If; however, that door is opened after the alarm has been set then a signal will activate the alarm system and the alarm will sound. Much like glass break sensors these magnetic contacts can be placed in as few or as many door and window points of your home. Many people choose to utilize this type of system in every possible entry point of the home, meaning every window or door that can be opened, as a way to track when doors and windows are open particularly when there are young children in the home.
More Home Security Equipment
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All-In-One Do It Yourself Home Security
For those that don't want to take the time to setup and monitor their own system and its components, consider purchasing a home security system that includes some or all of the above features in a package. Our article on the top home security systems should help you find the best home security system for your needs. Our awards articles are written by teams of independent researchers that go in-depth with their research to help find our readers the best alarm systems from the most reliable and honest alarm companies (sometimes hard to find). You'll find reviews of DIY systems, systems with no annual contract, as well as professionally installed options.
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