At SABRE, our mission is to help keep you safe. As we spend more time at home during the pandemic, consider these facts and tips to stay home safe and keep your loved ones protected.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that an open or unlocked door was how more than half of all residential burglars gained entry to a home. And roughly 60 percent of convicted burglars say they would move on to another home if they saw an alarm system present. Furthermore, the nonprofit group Alarm.org reports that more than 70 percent of incomplete burglaries were interrupted and deterred by an audible alarm.
With more than 7 million property crimes reported by the FBI in 2018 — resulting in more than $16 billion worth of loss — that’s a lot of success for the bad guys.
These statistics are alarming, but do they mean you should rush out and invest in a whole-house alarm system linked to an off-site monitoring company? Not necessarily.
While an integrated alarm system can offer peace of mind, it is also an expensive investment that can inhibit your family’s enjoyment of your home and presents a lot of potential for accidental triggers.
Fortunately, you’ve got options for keeping yourself and your family safe. Because doors are the main entry point to a home, Door Alarms are a popular choice for lowering your chances of a break-in. Whether you’re alone in an apartment, living in a dorm or other communal setting, or looking after your family in a single-occupancy house, door alarms promise effectiveness, convenience and low cost.
But do they work? The experts at SABRE want you to have all the information you need to make the best choices for your own safety and that of your loved ones.
Here are our answers to your questions about Door Alarms so you can decide for yourself if they’re your first or best defense against intruders.
What Is a Door Alarm?
A door alarm is a wireless alarm in two parts that attaches directly to the door and door jamb, then makes a sound whenever the door is opened. This type of alarm can be programmed to chime or flash a light when the door is opened, or they can sound a high-decibel alarm to alert of an intruder. Door alarms are popular with homeowners because they are relatively inexpensive and very easy to install. Although some whole-home alarm systems linked to an off-site monitoring company include door alarms, standalone door alarms offer reliable intruder alerts at a home’s most accessible entry points without the expense and outside involvement of a monitoring company.
How Does a Door Alarm Work?
Wireless door alarms run on batteries and generally include two elements: a sensor and a magnet. The sensor component is attached to the door frame, and the magnet — typically contained inside the main alarm component — attaches to the door itself. An electrical current runs between the magnet and the sensor in a complete circuit, and when the door is opened, it breaks the circuit and triggers the alarm. Door alarms can be programmed to chime pleasantly as a heads-up that children or guests are coming or going, and they can quickly and easily be reprogrammed at night to sound a high-decibel alarm when the door is opened.
What is a Door Alarm System?
A Door Alarm System is a combination of multiple door alarms, perhaps including window alarms and motion sensors, that work together via Wi-Fi to monitor an entire house or other building. The various wireless alarms connect to a central monitoring hub or control panel inside the home. These can generally be programmed for low-level alerts during the day when family members or tenants may be moving around or coming and going, which can help monitor energy costs by making sure doors are not left open unnecessarily. Like standalone door alarms, the system can be set to sound a high-decibel alarm if the door is opened when everyone is gone or sleeping.
What Is a Door Stop Alarm?
Door Stop Alarms are portable, wireless, battery operated devices shaped like a conventional door stop. The wedge shape and nonskid pad offer some physical barrier to an intruder attempting to open the door, but the real power of a Door Stop Alarm is the high-decibel sound it emits whenever pressure is applied to it. When someone attempts to open the door, the pressure against the device triggers a loud alarm that’s audible up to 1,000 feet away. Ideal for hotel rooms, dorm rooms, apartments and bedrooms, Door Stop Alarms offer security while traveling or staying in a communal residence.
Do Door Alarms Give Me Total Security?
Door alarms are an effective deterrent to intruders, meaning they can minimize the risk of a break-in through the main entrances to a home or apartment. Burglars don’t always use the front door, though. Often windows, garage doors and other unconventional entry points are more attractive to thieves. Combining door alarms with window alarms, motion sensors, security decals and other components can increase your sense of safety by further lowering the odds of a break-in. Most crooks are looking for the easiest, fastest target, and the presence of home security signage and motion-activated lights or sounds will often send them off to find an easier mark elsewhere.