Motion detector tips for security savvy homeowners

BY Allconnect | Mon Aug 17, 2015
Motion detector tips for security savvy homeowners

Millions of burglaries happen every year, and over 60 percent of those break-ins occur as a result of forced entry, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Considering the average robbery results in thousands of dollars in stolen goods and damages, it makes sense for homeowners to put a higher priority on home security. It’s common for thieves to go unpunished because they manage to make it in and out of the house undetected. Homeowners can make it more difficult for robbers to successfully enter and exit their home by tactical investments in motion detector technology.

Thankfully, the consumer technology available today has made this type of security tech very affordable. Whether you deploy motion detectors alone or as a supplement to a professional installation, the devices can help make your home safer in multiple ways. Keep reading to learn more about the motion sensor solutions on the market.

A closer look at consumer options
You’ll want to closely examine and compare available features when evaluating retail motion detectors. They range greatly in price and versatility, so it pays to consider what your needs are before beginning your comparisons. For instance, CNET pointed out that Belkin’s WeMo Switch Motion device is great for customers interested in a plug-and-play experience, no subscription and zero-frills operations. Consumers interested in fully optimizing and automating devices through the device’s switch function might be less inclined to invest in Belkin’s low-cost alternative to more mainstream motion detectors.

“Accurate data provides the authorities with more tools to recover your belongings.”

Additional motion detector features to keep an eye out for include adjustable motion sensitivity and separate settings for day and night activity. You should also keep an eye out for automation features and Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to stream footage directly to the user’s smartphone, suggested Family Handyman Magazine. These functionalities lets users to enjoy even greater control over how their motion sensors operate and collect data. More accurate data provides the authorities with more tools to recover your belongings if a breaking and entering does occur on your property.

Placement strategies maximize the effectiveness of motion detectors
Once you’ve invested in the right motion detectors for your home, the question becomes where and how to set them up. Thankfully, you can master motion sensor placement by learning a few simple principles. First and foremost, be sure to concentrate on spots where criminals are most likely to enter and exit the home. After all, it’s preferable to have a burglar set off your alarm while attempting to make his way inside rather than after he’s already entered your home.

Second, it’s imperative for homeowners to identify their home’s “chokepoints.” The term designates any spot in your home, such as a hallway, that a person must pass through to move from one side of the house to the other. Setting up motion detectors near these locations will help to track the movements of a burglar and ensuring that an intruder must navigate indoor checkpoints that riddled with alarms if they hope to gain access to your belongings.

Last but not least, make sure that motion detectors are placed in areas that remain at a stable temperature. Excess heat and or changing temperatures, such as in the space near a heating vent, can cause false positives and set off your motion detector inadvertently.

Automation is critical when it comes to making your home more secure.

Match motion sensor technology to the needs of your home
There are all types of motion sensor technologies, but they are generally broken up into two broad categories. Active models emit light, radiation or sound waves and use the feedback received after collecting these forms of energy to track motion. Passive sensors instead measure changes in the surrounding area. Remember that you can enhance indoor security even further by coupling motion sensor technology with video recording technology. If you’re afraid of dealing with false alerts, consider investing in dual technology motion detectors that are less vulnerable to being set off by accident.

Consider combining motion detectors with a professional system
Motion detectors are a valuable resource when it comes to making your home more resilient to break-in attempts by criminals. However, you shouldn’t take for granted that installing a few motion detectors is all you need to do to keep your home safe from breaking and entering. Quite the contrary, an investment in motion detectors is just the beginning.

A good place for you to start in terms of designing a more comprehensive home security strategy is to contact your local home security provider. For a small monthly fee, these services allow you to take much of the leg work out of home security and expand your protections without requiring extensive research. It’s always good to have an ace in the hole, and your personal motion detectors can be an extra means of protection that deters intruders from targeting your home.

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