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How a Driveway Alarm Can Help Protect Your Home and Family

When you are planning on adding a security system to your home, picking the right type can be crucial.  There are many home alarm systems out there, and every homeowner has unique needs and expectations in terms of home surveillance and protection.  Many people agree on the necessity of having basic sensors around the home, but beyond that, there is some disagreement over how useful other alarm types are.  Driveway alarms are one frequently overlooked but extremely useful type of alarm that is worth considering adding to your home security setup. 

Driveway Alarms Offer Unique Benefits

A driveway alarm provides one of the earliest forms of warning that you can have when someone enters your property.  Other alarms are valuable because they give you a warning, but they leave you very little time to react to the situation; driveway alarms give you extra time that can be valuable when you are preparing for the threat of an intruder.  People who have larger homes with more extensive grounds can especially benefit from this kind of early alert, since it might give them a minute or more to get ready for an intruder.  These alarms offer practical everyday benefits, too.  You won't have to worry about missing a package being delivered or a friend dropping by because you don't hear the doorbell for whatever reason; you'll immediately be alerted to the fact that you have visitors. 

A Driveway Alarm Rounds Out Your Security

There are many areas of your property that standard security systems might not protect, like your fence, pool, shed, clubhouse, and front yard.  Of course, there are specialized systems that can cover those areas, but if you're working with a tight budget, an alarm mounted in the driveway can help you stay alert to what is happening on the rest of your property, reducing the need for an extensive monitoring system.  After all, the driveway is where most people will gain entry to your property.

Choosing the Right Alarm Makes all the Difference

Of course, when picking out any security alarm, it's important to consider your specific needs as well as the goal behind installing your system.  For instance, if you mainly want your alarm to scare people off, you want it to be highly visible; you might even prefer an alarm that emits a sound that is audible to everyone nearby.  However, if you're concerned with the obtrusive appearance of a security system or the disturbance caused by a loud alarm — or if there are community restrictions regarding those types of things — you can opt for discreetly small alarms, alarms that are disguised as other objects, and alarms that send an alert to the house.  These are just as effective as a warning system, even if they don't offer the benefit of actively scaring off intruders. 

A driveway alarm is not essential to keeping your home secure, but it's a nice touch to add on to a basic security system.  Driveway alarms can give intruders an early warning that they should target another home while giving you an immediate alert that someone has entered your property.  If you want extensive protection against home invasion, trespassing, and even vandalism, this alarm is definitely worth adding to the system you already have.

Article courtesy of BrickHouse Security, follow them on Twitter @BrickHousesecur or read the Brickhouse Security Blog for more Industry news and updates on the latest home security and personal surveillance items. 

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