Driveway Alert Systems and Why You Need One

Driveway Alert Systems and Why You Need One

Mark Kimbro

As a homeowner, you've likely had people like salesmen or solicitors pull into your driveway unannounced. It's alarming and, at times, unsettling when you open the door to a total stranger, especially if you're home alone.

Monitoring who shows up at your door can also be a challenge if you have a large piece of property. You want to know who's coming down your long driveway or if someone might be trespassing. 

Installing a driveway alert system can save you the shock of someone showing up on your doorstep unannounced. And, it can give you time to prepare to greet someone if you're expecting guests. 

What Is a Driveway Alert System?

A driveway alert system has two main parts - the sensor and the receiver.

Installation is straightforward. You install the sensor along your driveway on a post or tree. When a car drives by, the sensor sends a signal to the receiver in your home which beeps to let you know a car is coming down the driveway. 

What Types of Systems Are There?

There are two basic types of driveway alert systems. The first is a wireless install-it-yourself sensor, and the second is a buried wire system. 

Wireless System

A wireless system simply involves a radio transmitter with a receiver that plugs into the wall

This type of system is easy for a homeowner to install. Mount the transmitter on a post alongside your driveway, and install the receiver in the area or your home you are in the most to hear it beeping. 

If you have a larger home and don't think you'll hear the receiver, you can find alert systems which include a portable receiver.  There is even an option to receive a text message on smart phone with SMART TEXT

When you install your wireless system, you need to ensure there are no trees or other interferences (apart from the wall of your home) between the sensor and the receiver.

Buried Wire System

Buried wire alert systems involve connecting the sensor to the receiver via a wire which is buried in your yard. 

These types of systems tend to be more reliable due to the direct connection between the two devices. Buried wire systems also tend to offer more flexibility in how you customize the system.

Buried wire systems also tend to offer more flexibility in how you customize the system. For example, you can adjust the sensor sensitivity, so it will be tripped by only a car, not a person walking by.

Buried wire systems also easier to connect to your smartphone or automatic lighting in your home. This might be appealing to families with smart homes full of the Internet of Things. The IoT market is expected to grow to nearly $98 billion by 2025, which might cause home alert systems to drop in the coming years. 

However, these systems tend to be a bit more expensive due to the extra hardware and professional installation. 

Why Do I Need One?

Everyone has a different reason for installing a driveway alert system. Some common reasons include: 

  • Disliking being caught off-guard
  • Living alone or a member of the family is frequently at home alone
  • Needing to manage trespassers
  • Wanting to know when visitors arrive
  • Several entrance points on property to keep track of

No matter your reason for installing an alert system, at the end of the day you will feel safer knowing who or what is coming down your driveway.

Features to Consider

A driveway alert system's price point and wires shouldn't be the only factors you consider when you make your purchase. 

We recommend deciding on the following features, then using that list to cross-reference with alert systems available on the market. 

Notification Customization

Some sensors can differentiate between a deer walking by your driveway or a car driving toward your house. 

Being able to customize that sensitivity is important to some homeowners. Large property owners who deal with trespassing might want their sensor to beep when anything larger than a person goes by the sensor. 

Others might not be bothered by animals or people on their driveway, so would only want the sensor to sound when a car drove by. 

Distance from Sensor to Receiver

You will need to take the size of your property into consideration when you purchase an alert system.

If you want your sensor to be placed farther up your drive, you will need to look for sensors which have a higher range so the signal can reach the receiver. 

For those with a short driveway, distance is not an important feature to consider. 

Signal Interference

How much interference the signal will get between your sensor and receiver depends both on the distance between the two and your landscaping. 

If you have many trees on your property, you'll want to consider a system that deals with signal interference well. Otherwise, consider placing the sensor closer to your home with fewer blockers. 


Your sensor will be out in the elements, so durability is an important feature to consider. Your sensor should be waterproof and ok with extreme temperatures. 

Also, some sensors do not work in the dark. If this is an important feature to you, check the model to ensure it will work at night. 

Battery Life

You'll get more use out of your driveway alert system if you don't have to change the batteries frequently. It's cheaper and more convenient in the long run if you select a model with a long battery life. 

If you select a sensor with a shorter battery life in favor of other features, consider using rechargeable batteries which are a cheaper option than non-rechargeable batteries over the long term. 

Multi-Sensor System

If you have multiple driveways to cover, you might want to consider a multi-sensor system. 

This is important to decide up front because not all driveway alert systems will allow you to add on more sensors once the first is installed. 

Peace of Mind for You and Your Family

Even if you have a home security system, a driveway alert system provides an added layer of security for you and your family. 

There are many alert systems available on the market to fit any budget or security need. You can check out our full range of driveway alert systems here

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Do You Need a Home Security Alarm System?

Do You Need a Home Security Alarm System?

Mark Kimbro
Is your home secure? If you don't have a security alarm system you need to have your home assessed. Find why security upgrades are so important.

Keyword(s): security alarm system

How secure is your home? Have you thought about installing a security alarm system? 

Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, you can't be too sure.

When your home is broken into you will not only face financial losses, but also experience emotional stress too.

How do criminals choose their targets?

Crime is on the rise. However, there are a number things you can do to minimize your risk. While some break-ins are targeted, many are based purely on opportunity. A large proportion of robberies occur during the day, when people are busy at work. An experienced criminal can be in and out in a short period of time.

You may think having trees and a large fence is good for privacy. However, your false sense of security can be to the benefit of a potential robber.

For example, a window covered by a large tree can allow someone to sneak into your home completely undetected.

They tend to look for easy access points such as unlocked windows, side gates and garages. 

Tips for deterring a break in include:

  • Installing a security alarm system
  • Checking mail regularly to show the house is occupied
  • Having a dog which barks loudly
  • Keeping windows and doors locked 
  • Using deadbolts instead of chain locks
  • Installing security screens
  • Being aware of your surroundings

How a security alarm system upgrade could benefit you

Did you know installing a security alarm system is one of the best ways to deter criminals?

Having an alarm system will instantly change the situation from discreet to glaringly obvious. It could be time you had your home assessed. Even if a criminal still gets into your home or business, they are going to be caught off guard and are likely to leave much more quickly.

There are different types of alarm systems available. You may like to choose something which simply lets off a loud noise in the case of an intruder. Or, you may prefer to have your home fully monitored with the option to call the police for you. 

Include a security camera and you will always know who is on your property. This also works as a visible deterrent before entry. 

Many security alarms will provide extra peace of mind as they come with a smoke detector. 

Most insurance companies will offer you a discount on your home insurance when you have additional security. Make sure you let them know of any changes you make.

The investment will not only keep your property secure, but could save you money!

The most important thing to remember is turn it on every time you leave the house. Even if it is just for a short outing. If you are serious about protecting your property, a security alarm system is one of the best ways to do this.

Do you currently have an alarm in your home or business? Or are you considering having one installed?

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The Wireless Doorbell: An Easy Upgrade to Your Home

The Wireless Doorbell: An Easy Upgrade to Your Home

Mark Kimbro

Looking for a fast and easy way to upgrade your home's security?

Do you live in a home unequipped with a doorbell? Did your wired doorbell meet its end? Do you live in an apartment and wish you had a doorbell?

A wireless doorbell is an inexpensive option that solves your problem.

Wired doorbells once served as the only option for consumers. Electricians installed these units into an electrical system running through a customer's wall. The wired doorbell alerted homeowners to guests at their door.

When wireless doorbells came into production, they lacked consistency. Wireless technology changed with the time. Gone are the days of the unreliable connections.

A wireless system is a practical choice for your home. Let's discuss this type of doorbell's many benefits.

How The Wireless Doorbell Works

Wireless doorbells consist of two parts:

  1. a transmitter
  2. a receiver

The transmitter acts as the button your guests push outside of your door. It sends a signal to the receiver when pressed. You'll place the receiver inside the door. The receiver alerts you of guests through the use of sound.

No wiring required!

Uses of The Wireless Doorbell

The potential uses of this type of doorbell go beyond your ordinary front door. Their easy relocation and installation make them great for:

  • back doors
  • apartments
  • apartment building
  • front gate
  • boats
  • alerts for bedridden persons
  • hearing the doorbell from the backyard

Since your doorbell requires no wires, you can relocate the wireless doorbell most anywhere in your home. 

Benefits of A Wireless System

Going wireless is an inexpensive alternative to hiring an electrician to install a wired doorbell.

In fact, one of the major benefits of this type of doorbell is the easy install and repair. You don't need to hire an expensive electrician to get your doorbell in working order.

If you move, you can take your doorbell with you without any fuss. 

For a home without a doorbell or an apartment, your level of security improves.

Features of Wireless Systems

Wireless doorbells offer many features.

Most users love that you can select your own chime. You're no longer held down to the age-old ding-dong. Some systems even let you upload your own chimes or sounds. 

This feature helps those that have a hard time hearing or hear certain tones clearer than others.

With a wireless system, you can choose from many materials and design. Choose a design that stands out or one that fits with your decor.

Hearing impaired? Many of these doorbells flash to alert you of a visitor.

You can even weatherproof your wireless system.

If you want added security, go for an option with a built-in security camera

Looking for a serious upgrade? They also include motion sensors and intercom units.

Ready to buy? 

As you can see, the reasons for going wireless speak for themselves. 

A wireless system provides you with added security no matter where you live. 

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How To Secure Your Physical Business

How To Secure Your Physical Business

Mark Kimbro

How You Benefit From Small Business Security Systems

We may live in the digital age, but brick and mortar security cannot be forgotten. See how small business security systems are more important than ever.

Keyword(s): small business security systems

It’s 2017, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word security?

Data … viruses … hackers …

While it’s probably somewhere on your list of concerns, physical security was probably not the first thing to come to mind.

But the truth is, physical security is just as important today as it was 50 years ago. If you want to ensure the security—and profitability—of your small business you need both physical and digital security.

While property crimes are on the decline, they still accounted for over $14 billion in losses in 2016.

So what’s the best way to physically secure your business?

From locks to cameras to alarms, there are a number of small business security systems available.

Let’s take a closer look at some different ways you can secure your place of business.

Control Access to Your Business

Perhaps the simplest—and most obvious—way to secure your business is by limiting access.

While the good old lock is still very effective in many situations, investing in an access card system can provide advantages for many business owners.

Access cards allow you to give access to employees at specific times. Revoking access for a former employee is also much simpler than changing the locks.

Train Employees

Another key to securing your business is to simply train your employees in good security practices.

Having clear security guidelines is the first step. Make sure your policies are clearly defined and that all your employees understand the procedures.

Many security problems, whether physical or digital, are the result of simple human error. So make sure that you’re continually training employees of all experience levels on your security procedures.

Add a Surveillance System

Locking your doors is a great first step in securing your business. Training your employees on good security practices is an excellent second step.

Knowing who enters and exits your business throughout the day is a vital third step in securing your business.

Unless you can afford to pay a team of security to constantly monitor every part of your business, there’s really no better way to monitor your place of business than with a set of security cameras.

Security cameras can continuously monitor the premises of your business, so you’ll know exactly who’s coming and going and what’s going on inside.

Small Business Security Systems

A final, and perhaps vital, component of your business’s security is a security system.

It should go without saying that having a system to alert you and the authorities of any unauthorized entry into your business is one of the most important steps you can take in securing your business.

Small business security systems are available in a variety of forms and functions.

Putting It All Together

Let’s review. If you want to ensure your business’s security, there are four steps you need to take.

1. Control access to your business
2. Train your employees in good security procedures
3. Monitor your place of business with a security system
4. Add a security system

How is security going for your business?

There are many options available to keep your premises safe and secure. Check out our featured products for some ideas to enhance your security. 

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How to Choose and Install Door Chimes

How to Choose and Install Door Chimes

Mark Kimbro

How to Choose and Install Door Chimes

Door chimes are the ideal entrance alert system for small business. In this post we're showing you how to choose and install the right chimes for your company.

Keyword(s): door chimes

Looking for a way to further ensure your business' safety?

A door chime provides an exceptional entrance alert system.

These systems not only provide safety but a number of other surprising benefits. For example, they increase your freedom to focus on work away from the entrance.

In this article, we'll discuss the types of wireless door chimes available, how to choose, and install your new entrance alert system.

The Two Types of Door Chimes

Two basic types of door chimes exist:

Contact-based chimes

Contact-based chimes function when a door or window opens. They consist of two pieces - a magnetic piece, and a metallic piece.

You'll mount one piece to the door frame, and one to the door itself.

When the door or window opens and the two pieces separate, the sensor activates.

The alarm triggered comes from the sensor itself or from a signal sent to a receiver.

Contact-based chimes work best on doors and windows you often keep closed.

Motion-based chimes

Motion-based chimes detect movement or a combination of movement and heat. 

When detected, these factors trigger a sensor.

Like contact-based chimes, the alarm or chime sounds from the sensor itself or transmits a signal to a receiver. 

Motion-based chimes prove reliable in commercial settings. They also work with long distances, hallways, and large, open areas.

The down-side? Motion-based sensors sometimes result in false alarms.

How To Choose Door Chimes

Consider the distance of your user to the sensor. If your business covers a small area, and the user will stand only a hundred feet away, a self-contained sensor or alarm proves perfect.

If your users cover a large area, like a warehouse, you might consider a kit with a transmitter and receiver.

Maximum range doesn't only refer to the total distance from the transmitter to the receiver. Environmental factors play a part.

Walls reduce your range. The building material used in your office or warehouse plays a large part in your alarm's success.

A good rule to follow? Every wall a signal passes through diminishes the signal by 20%.

Mounting surface matters, too. When your alarm transmits a signal, the receiver must pick it up. 

A wireless signal could bounce off any metal under the alert system. Weak signals lose an enormous amount of range in this scenario. Stronger signals prove less effective.

A motion sensor should sit a few inches away from any metallic frames. This allows enough distance for an uninterrupted signal.

Surrounding environment like trees, hills, and rocks play a minor role. Though they can interfere, they're easy to work around.

With these tips, installing your door chime proves easy. Wireless receiver and transmitter kits need strategic placement, so you may want to consider hiring a professional. 

Wireless entry alert installations prove much easier than installing a wired alert system.


There you have it!

Choosing door chimes for your business or home requires knowledge of factors like distance, mounting surface, and the environment. 

Choose a contact-based sensor for doors that stay closed most of the time. Choose a motion-based sensor for large areas that need an alarm that sounds away from the door.

You're now ready to take the next step toward securing your business or home!

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7 Ways to Reduce Employee Theft

7 Ways to Reduce Employee Theft

Mark Kimbro
As a business owner, one of the last things you want to deal with is employee theft. In this post, we're sharing 7 actionable steps to reduce and prevent theft.

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How to Install a Security Camera

How to Install a Security Camera

Mark Kimbro

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Protect Your Business: How to Prevent Burglary

Protect Your Business: How to Prevent Burglary

Mark Kimbro

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5 Surprising Benefits of Business Security

Mark Kimbro

5 Surprising Benefits of Business Security

Are you someone who thinks that business security serves only one purpose? Well here re 5 surprising benefits that you may not have been aware of.

Keyword(s): Surprising


It's common knowledge that having a proper security system for your business saves money. It works by limiting problems associated with theft, vandalism, and fraudulent injury claims. 

This in itself is a big deal. In 2015, US retailers lost $60 billion dollars in revenue. Much of that was attributed to theft.

However, there are surprising aspects of having a great security system that might not be as obvious.

What are these surprising benefits?

The benefits of a good security set-up go beyond just saving money by preventing losses. Here are 5 benefits of business security to consider:

1. Better employees

The first surprising benefit of an excellent security system is the effect that it has on your employees. Having quality people working with your customers is a must for any business. 

Because safety is a basic need for all people, you can keep your employees at their best by letting them know they're safe.

Here's an example: if your business does not currently have security cameras, the ramifications of an accident or theft can go beyond just financial loss. Employee morale can suffer. 

Make sure your employees feel safe!

2. Time to focus on all business needs

Along with increased employee morale, high-quality security items can also improve customer service. 

Door chimes let you know when customers come into your store or office so you can greet and help them quickly. 

This is especially vital for a business where one employee has multiple roles, whether you have a home-based business or a chain of 50 stores.

Maybe you own a small business and your attention is divided between customer service and managing behind-the-scenes work. The right security tools enable you to do the most efficient work.

3. A sparkling reputation

A great security system can even improve your reputation in the community. Once customers know that your business is a safe place, they will feel more confident visiting.

You may get more traffic during early morning and late evening hours, when people tend to think twice before visiting a company where a sense of safety is not a priority.

Word-of-mouth is still a powerful way to get more business. It's important to make sure your clients have good things to say about you.

4. More freedom

A security system that makes you feel safe gives you more freedom. You can focus on your work, knowing you won't miss a chance to help a customer.

You can also relax when you aren't at work. If anything happens, your employees and business are protected.

5. Peace of mind

As a business owner, it often feels like your company is your life. After all, it's your livelihood! When you know that your security needs are met by a reliable, trusted company, you can be at peace.

Don't you want assurance that your employees are happy, efficient, and able to represent your business well?

With the right system, you can rest at night. Your security cameras will catch anything that happens while you are gone.

You can't put a price on this surprising benefit of security for your business.

What's best for my business?

Now that you're aware of some surprising benefits of an exceptional security setup, let us help you find the products that will best meet your particular needs.

In addition to our high-quality security items available country-wide from our online shop, we offer installation for only $50 to customers with 125 miles of Fredericksburg, VA.

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The Outlook for Business Security 2017

Mark Kimbro

The Outlook for Business Security 2017

Are you a business that wants to do all it can to protect its information and assets? Here is the outlook for business security in 2017.

Keyword(s): business security


Global economic changes are enough to make a business owner's head spin.

Insights suggest a slowdown of the global economy. Proprietors are wise to think about cutting their budgets.

But if security doesn't make the cut your business could be headed for a different kind of spin.

A financial tailspin into the world of cyber attacks.

Here's what you need to know about the outlook of business security in 2017.

The Abridged Outlook

43% of cyber attacks are on businesses with less than 250 employees. While the news reminds us of hacks on conglomerates like Target, Home Depot and Sony, the reality is no one is safe. The unfortunate truth is small and mid-sized businesses may not be able to handle a hacking event.

2017's outlook brings increasing demand for mobile technology and mounting global uncertainty. Here's a look at the challenges business owners face in 2017.

Moving Away from Global Interdependency

Populist movements like Brexit and Make America Great Again have resonated in 2017. In a world plagued by terrorism, people want the government to focus on issues that affect them.

This has created a climate where nations rely less on one another and more on their own resources. The impact on the global economy is uncertain.

A Growing Interest in Business Security

The outlook for the security industry is strong.

The United States is the leader in consumption of global private security services.

The country accounts for 26% of all use of security services. This is expected to grow by 5% over the next 2 years. Jobs in this industry are expected to climb until 2024.

Examining Your Company's Risk Profile

As security demands grow in a changing world, cybercrime has also changed. It has grown from an individual threat to an industrial complex. This trend will continue to evolve with technology.

To protect against professional cyber attacks, business owners must examine their risk profile. A thorough examination brings to light vulnerabilities. It helps to determine the best use for the budget.

Companies can do this by internal audit, or with the help of a professional.

But while countries move away from dependency, individuals are staying connected. A surge in tech linking business owners with global partners means a new threat to assess.

Pulling It All Together

A new political climate has made uncertainty in the global economy, but it's not all doom and gloom. The outlook is good. Businesses are expected to grow, jobs will be created and the economy will continue to ebb and flow.

The threat of cyber attack is more real than ever for small to mid-sized businesses. Keep yourself ahead of the cybercrime industrial complex by investing in security.

That could mean hiring a company to conduct a risk assessment or to protect your assets. Whatever you choose you can't let cyber security be an afterthought. Or you may end up in the headlines for an avoidable breach.

Make a plan to protect your biggest asset, your business security. There's never been a better time for technology advances to protect you. Don't wait until you are a victim.

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