How to Install a Driveway Alarm

A driveway alarm is one of the most popular devices for home security due to its versatile functionality and easy installation. We will mention the important steps for those who wish to install this device.

Before you proceed, you can look at the best driveway alarm in the market this year! And if you’re up for a DIY project, you can check this guide on how to make a homemade driveway alarm.

Step-by-step Installation Procedure

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The various kits available on the market may offer different quality components. The user should consider if it is a weatherproof sensor in order not to count on a too short operation. The alarm sensor may need batteries if it does not require a power outlet. (1)

Rechargeable batteries can be an excellent way to save money instead of buying a lot of conventional batteries.

Devices running on batteries are ideal when installing this device away from a power outlet. The battery set can provide a usage time of a few days. Those who do not want to spend much money on batteries can choose a sensor or alarm that requires a power outlet. 

1. Choosing the Best Location 

 
Front door
 

front doorOne of the first options people may consider for installation is the home’s front door. Choosing the most appropriate location so the sensor can cover the front door entry area is very helpful. (2)

The different alarms available today may incorporate different tones to complement the functionality. Some people may choose the default tones, while others may choose custom ones, such as barking dogs. It is always recommended to have the best location.

Side Patio Door

side patio doorMany homes have a side yard door or some door in the back section of the home. Sometimes, some intruders choose this to gain entry into a home. Installing on the entry door can provide a much more appropriate and secure result.

The main entrance door may be too obvious a choice for intruders. Some may choose a secondary door, such as a backyard or a side door. Covering these spaces was something very comfortable to live in more securely.

Garage door

garage doorThe garage door is one of the people’s most obvious choices to protect their homes. The garage is one of the favorite spaces for many people to do different DIY projects. It is important to take care of this home sector by installing an entry alarm.

Some may choose the garage door since a wide variety of useful tools can be found in this place. To prevent the garage from being a very vulnerable space could be chosen for the installation of this type of device. 

2. Performing the installation 

You need to install the alarm sensor in a very simple way. The instructions are usually built-in, and no obstacle is difficult to overcome. The installation requires the sensor to be located in an important area that signifies the entrance to the home.

When the sensors are detected, intruders might choose another way to enter your home. Choosing more than a single site when installing an entry alarm is also recommended. 

Performing the installation requires using a drill and a special drill bit, depending on the installation’s surface. The four corresponding holes must be drilled to fix the surface of the device correctly. The plate of the device must be fixed against the wall.

The user should make sure that this device or alarm sensor is not exposed to direct sunlight. This can deteriorate and drastically decrease the lifetime of this alarm sensor.

It is always preferable to have a covered place not exposed to sunlight. The top of a wall or some nook of a roof is perfect for installation. 

3. Checking the result

Once the device or the different devices have been installed and synchronized, it is necessary to perform the test in the different locations. Such an alarm should trigger a certain sound and sometimes send a notification to the user.

Properly checking each device will allow you to have an extra level of security. It is recommended to test again and again the different locations you have chosen to install the entry alarm.

This can also be very useful to be able to modify the location of each of the sensors. Moving the sensor down, up, left, or right would be necessary. The sensors should be tested in different ways and at different angles.

Performing this whole procedure can be a bit arduous, but it is what will prevent intruders. Once you are done with this procedure, you can relax.

References

(1) sensor – https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/instruments-controls/sensors/
(2) alarm – https://www.hunker.com/12492827/five-different-types-of-alarms

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About John Fox

ebbb364ee14268bd3b77496cab3d1d78?s=90&d=mm&r=gCertifications: Certified Alarm Technician (CAT)
Education: Denver Security Academy
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John Fox has worked as a security consultant in Denver for over 20 years.
With Safe Now, he's taken those two decades of experience and decided to share it to help people online make the right security decisions for their businesses and families.

John writes security tips and guides, product recommendations, and prevention guides.

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