If somebody enters your house while you are not there, having a motion detector alarm in place may be the perfect solution. Motion detector alarms are a type of alarm that is activated by detecting the motion or movement of an object. A motion detector alarm system uses one, or sometimes more than one technology to be able to sense when an intruder is about.
PIR or passive infra red is one of the most common systems. Recent advances also allow motion detectors to differentiate between different sizes of moving bodies so a person would set off the alarm for example, but a pet would not. Once activated, the alarm system then either triggers lights, or sounds an alarm (often times both). The principle may have been witnessed when you have had occasion to go to a friend’s house in the dark, and have seen a light come on, triggered by your presence.
There are two types of alarm available – a wireless motion detector alarm or a wired equivalent. Each one has its pros and cons. The wired system is always on. This means that barring a household emergency that shuts down the power, you need never worry about not having the alarm working. Bear in mind that most wired alarms come with an emergency battery backup that will normally be good for at least a few hours without power.
A wireless system is powered by batteries. Battery technology has improved over the last couple of years to the point where systems can last for months or in some cases over a year at a time before the batteries need replacing or recharging. There are also some great motion activated outdoor solar lights available on the market which don’t suffer from any disadvantage in this area at all. The plus point to the wireless set up is ease of installation. No complicated wiring needs to be installed, and no thought needs to be given to how far away from the power point the alarm is. The downside is that at some point, batteries are going to have to be refreshed – no matter what.
You may also want to consider combining an alarm of this type with a motion detector camera system. The two can be fully linked up so that the camera will start recording when the alarm is tripped, or the camera can work off its own motion sensor. Either way, you will have an added level of security with this option, and the footage recorded by the camera will relate to specific incidents, rather than recording hours and hours of useless data.
There are a multitude of places to source a motion detector system from. From the huge superstore that sells in volume, down to the specialist security store that also offers to consult and fit the system for you. Here are some points to think about when looking at getting your system.
1: Make sure that you have a strict budget in mind.
As with anything in a commercial market, there are many different price points for anything that you could wish to buy. A motion detector system is no different. Make sure that you have a set amount of money in mind and do not deviate from this.
2: Know what kind of system you want.
Have a good idea of how many different rooms the system is going to be covering. What is your pattern of use? Day or night? Do you go away for extended periods of time (if so, the best motion detector setup may involve getting a wired system)? Do you have a large amount of external ground that you want the motion detectors covering? These are all pertinent questions that need to have been answered before you go and look at sourcing your system.
3: Have an idea of your preferred method of installation.
It is all well and good, coming home from the shop with your new security solution in a bunch of boxes, but what happens now? Are you going to install it yourself, or do you need someone to do it for you? If it is going to be mains wired, getting a professional installation is going to be the best idea – you want to make sure that the system will work every time.
4: Make sure that your insurance company is notified.
Having an extra layer of defense in your home is something that your insurance company is going to want to know about. It means that the chance of your property being successfully burgled falls. You may want to make sure that a professional installs your alarm system, just so that your insurance company has proof that it does what it is supposed to. There have been a few people that expected their insurers to pay out, only to find that they were out of luck when the insurance company decided that the equipment was faulty or fell outside their policy guidelines because it was not installed professionally. Equally though, you may be able to negotiate a reduction in insurance payments because of the presence of an alarm system; check specifications first with the insurer before making any purchase.
After all of these points have been taken into account, and information gathered, a decision can be made concerning a motion detector with alarm. Depending on your budget, you may want to go and get an all in one solution from a large chain store. The customer support will probably vary, but the returns policy is usually excellent and the price will be very competitive.
If you wish to talk over your thoughts before buying, a smaller store which has a specialty in security systems will provide a lot of advice – almost always free of charge. Be sure to have measurements to hand, a price in mind and a full list of what you expect the set up to do for you. Being armed with all this information will make it a lot quicker to get the set up you need.
- Strategies for the use of wireless surveillance systems in and around the home.
- Contracting an alarm monitoring service to respond to incidents on your behalf.
- Consideration of a YALE alarm system; the company used to be solely focussed on locking mechanisms but now offers a range of high quality house alarm solutions.
- If do-it-yourself is the way you want to go, CCTV kits are a great option for providing a surveillance service for home or small businesses.
- A look at outdoor security camera specifications and advice on positioning.