Burglars hate attention. According to the Washington Post, the average burglar wants to spend no more than 60 seconds trying to break in, and less than 15 minutes once inside.
They are in a hurry, always worried someone will see them and call the cops. Make your house as bright and noisy as you can with lights, and you might not even have to confront the burglar who ran away scared.
Want to monitor your driveway yourself? Consider a video monitoring service like iWatchLife, which lets you keep an eye on things with just a webcam and your iPhone. Simply purchase the camera, download the app and youre good to go.
For a lower-budget service, check out the $5 iCam app, which allows you to turn a webcam into your security camera. If you want an in-between option, check out the $60 Webcam XP app, which lets you record video,which could be useful for tracking down the victim after a burglary. Each of these services sends your phone an alert when the cameras detect motion.
Beam Trip Sensor
Beam Trip Alarms work the same way as the sensor on your garage door: An infrared beam shines between two sensors, and the alarm sounds any time the beam is interrupted. Dakota Security sells one for $229 thattransmits the alarm wirelessly to a monitor that you place in your kitchen or bedroom.
A motion sensor alarm is the most straightforward way to secure your driveway. Chamberlain Security sells a motion alert system for $69. Just like the trip sensor, the system features a wireless monitor that goes inside your house.
One system can handle four sensors, so you can cover your front door or the duration of a long driveway. Adjustable sensitivity can reduce false alarms. Better yet, some models even double as a light.
The Bare Minimum
If you cannot afford a motion sensor alarm or just dont want to spend the money, be sure to install motion sensor lights facing your driveway. The more attention you attract to a would-be thief, the more likely you are to scare him away.
- Consider analog solutions: Having a gravel driveway that crunches underfoot, chimes on your porch or a bell on your door are all old-fashioned ways to get a heads-up that someone is coming.
- If you are heading out of town for a while, consider having yourneighbors park in your driveway to make it seem like you are home to any potential burglars casing your house.
- Remember: Burglars, like anyone else, make their decisions on a risk-reward basis. Make your home look hard to rob, and you increase the chance that a burglar passes your house over.