Security system installation may seem difficult at first. Your home security system comes with a lot of useful equipment. These devices create a network of protection for your house, but improper placement can make them less effective. As you install the components of your security system, be sure you know the best locations for each device. Here is the ultimate guide for designing a safe home:

Motion Detectors

Motion detectors alert you when the device detects movement anywhere in range. Proper motion detector placement is critical to good security system installation. Each motion sensor works up to a 25-foot radius and spreads in a 90-degree cone, so directional facing is important. When deciding where to place your devices, walk outside and inside your home. Think like a burglar during this process. Where you would try to enter the house? What path would you take once you’re inside? A good general rule is to place motion sensors where they can monitor the front and back doors, the top and bottom of your stairs and the first floor windows. Burglars often target the master bedroom, which is why the stairs are important to protect.

Furthermore, many devices are meant to detect movement as a person walks past them, not toward them. Try to place a motion sensor in a way that most people would walk parallel to its path.

Home Security Cameras

Your home security cameras should be placed using similar logic to the placement of the motion detectors. The idea is to monitor the entryways of your house to detect an intruder. Place a security camera so it faces the inside and outside areas of your front and back doors, the first floor windows, your stairways and garage door. The outdoor security cameras help you see if anyone is approaching the house and the indoor ones will catch any thieving therein. Test the view of the cameras to make sure no plants, furniture or architectural features block your sight line. You can use your home security app to preview the camera’s view from your phone or computer. As an example, in Houston, home security systems with security cameras have been used successful to deter burglaries and apprehend criminals.

Hang your outdoor cameras in an obvious location where others can see it. Deterrence is a huge part of home security, so you want burglars to know your house is guarded. If a would-be thief thinks they’ll be found out, they won’t target your home.

Glass Break Sensor

Glass break sensors are a vital component of any home security system. They generally have a detection radius of 20 feet and can be mounted on the wall or ceiling. Install the sensor facing a group of windows or hang it above them. Glass break sensors use pattern recognition technology to detect the sound of breaking glass, which is important if someone tries to smash their way in though a window. You should place one of these devices in every major area of your home, such as the living room, kitchen and bedrooms.

Garage Door Sensor

Garage door sensors alert you when they recognize a 45 degree tilt. Place the gadget on the inside of your overhead garage door for it to be effective. Once you arm the device, it will sound if the door is opened. Many homeowners overlook their garage and only think of protecting things in their home. However, most people store valuables in the garage, such as power tools, bicycles and cars. If you keep your keys or GPS in your car, a burglar might break into the garage and get those valuable items. Fortunately, your garage door sensor will help protect your belongings.

Security System Installation: Control Panel

The security system control panel for your home security is a crucial part of the system. It allows you to arm and disarm various components, such as the alarm and motion sensors, and can be controlled remotely. You should place this device in the center of your home, though not far from a door. When you arm it, you only have a 45-second delay to leave the house before the alarm is active.


Home Security Equipment Placement

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