Every time a new security system pops up, there will always be criminals that will find a way to best the system. Some of them see them as a challenge. Motion detection technology is no different. People can go onto Google and look up ways to beat a motion detector system. YouTube videos can demonstrate how to do it as well. No, running fast is not a way to do it. That only works in the movies. This is real life. First thing to ask is how does motion detection work? According to the Crime Prevention Blog,

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    Types of Motion Detection

    “There are two basic types of motion detecting systems. There are those with active sensors and those with passive sensors. Active sensors send out ultrasonic sound waves and passive sensors detect infrared energy.”

    Active Motion Detection

    Active motion sensors, also known as radar-based sensors, use ultrasonic sound vibrations. The same technology used for pregnancy imaging. These vibrations then bounce back, like a bat, and the sensor can tell if something changed the distance of the bounce. When the signal changes it then triggers the sensor to send out an alarm.

    Passive Motion Detection

    Passive sensors are much more common for household security. They are a lot cheaper to make and work just fine for security purposes. There are two different types of passive motion sensors.

    Passive infrared motion detection (PIR) detects infrared heat energy. Gradual increases of temperature, like changes in weather or household temperature, will not set off the alarm. A human or animal however, would be a dramatic increase in infrared energy and set off the alarm.

    Photo motion sensors generally use concentrated light beams, like lasers, to detect when something disrupts the light intensity. If something crosses the beam, it will set of the sensor.

    Three Ways to Beat Motion Detection

    Protect America presents three ways to beat a motion detector. Here are three common ways. (For more information, visit our page: https://www.protectamerica.com/how-it-works)

    • Stay Quiet
    • Adjust Your Body Temperature
    • Do Not Rush

    Stay Quiet

    Sound is the enemy to motion detection systems. The slightest sound will cause light waves to bend. Try to stay quiet as you move across the room. Hold breaths and take tiny steps across the room. Pretend to be throwing a surprise party for a family member or that death is the final stake if there are any sounds made when moving across the room. If there are creaky, wooden floors, step lightly across the boards step by step.

    Adjust Your Body Temperature

    Body heat is another enemy to motion detection systems. For passive systems, they can pick up infrared light that the human body can emit. The detector will look for any changes in the infrared in the room and its surroundings. It can be difficult to get across the room in summer or winter. If a person’s body temperature matches the room, it is not wise to go in there. The best thing to do is to try and cool off before going into a room. Extremes are not needed. There are simple tricks to lower body temperature with one simple search on Google.

    Do Not Rush

    Like stated before, running will not beating a motion system detector. Do the opposite. Go slowly into a room as possible. Take little, quiet baby steps and then stand still for a few minutes to time. While doing that, take time to look around the room to see where the motion light to monitoring in the room. Some models can do large scans of the room. With this in mind, it could be easy to stay out of the path.