The control panel of a home security system is the life source, but the security sensors are the small workers that get the job done. Security sensors work by receiving signals any time an are where they are placed senses motion. Once they obtain these signals, they send them back to the control panel.

There are many types of sensors: door and window sensors, flood and other weather sensors, glass-break sensors, and even smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work as a sort of sensor, though those detect deadly threats rather than movement.


The inclusion of sensors is one of the most important aspects of home security equipment, most notably when these sensors and their control panel are connected to a central monitoring station.

If an alarm system company attempts to operate without connection to a monitoring station, or without security sensors, the system is not a trustworthy system. Only install and operate all-encompassing home security units that guarantee your protection.

What’s The Right Amount of Sensors?

The ideal approach to home security and sensor installation is to place a sensor on every single door and window in a home. This includes garage doors and sliding back doors. All points of entry should be detected with these movement alerting devices.

If homeowners don’t have enough sensors for their properties, they often opt to place sensors on every point of entry on the first floor of their home, specifically the most important points of entry.

Remember: A Burglar’s Main Target is the Front Door

Since the home begins at the front door, the home security unit should as well. In roughly 24 percent of burglaries, forced entry was used on the front door to gain access to the home, and over a third of all burglaries involve the front door. Houses that are equipped with home security units are also three times less likely to fall victim to burglary.

Not only are these statistics crucial in supporting the installation of home security equipment, but they also imply the importance of door and window sensors, especially at the front door. Protecting in these areas will also deter burglars who don’t want to deal with loud alarms and give themselves away.

Burglars will be especially against using the front door, or any door if they know a home is protected with home security equipment. After installing your protection gear, remember to place signs in your front yard and window decals that advertise the protection you have.


Looking for All-Encompassing Home Security?

Protect America offers all-in-one and do-it-yourself monitored home security. This means a Protect America security unit is monitored and connected to police, fire, and emergency medical personnel.

Users with other DIY home security systems rely on push alert notifications to be informed of an event. This is a problem, because responding to a crime or emergency depends on receiving an alert, WiFi signal, and a user contacting officials themselves. A monitored home security system with Protect America takes our users out of the equation, and immediately alerts emergency personnel.

Learn more about all-encompassing home security and what separates Protect America from other DIY yourself options on the market here.