When it comes to motion sensors, placement means everything, so don’t assume that mounting them just anywhere around your home will do the trick. To get the most effectiveness from your sensors, you need to get inside the mind of a thief. Where would they expect them to be?
The Best Motion Sensor Placement Strategies
Before we discuss the best practices when it comes to sensor placement, let’s first talk about some worst-case scenarios:
- Being near a too hot or too cold source, such as a heating unit, will jeopardize the effectiveness of your sensor by making the alarm sound off prematurely.
- Don’t place your sensor directly across from a window or door. Sensors tend to work better if the burglar isn’t walking straight toward them but rather parallel to them.
Now, mounting your motion sensors in the best place possible sometimes means having to forego the commonplace in order to get a little ingenious:
- In most home invasions, the intruder will target the master bedroom first, so place a sensor in the hallway leading to your bedroom. But don’t mount it above or on the door. Instead, place it somewhere the burglar will have to walk past to get to your room.
- If you have several big valuable items in your home, like a large flat panel television, then put sensors behind them. That way, when the burglar tries moving the item, the sensor will detect that it’s missing and sound an alarm.
- When an intruder enters a home, it’s not uncommon for them to check walls for sensors, since this is where most homeowner’s mount them. So trick them by placing sensors on the ceiling, preferably near the back door, front door, or both.
- That decorative flowerpot in the corner of your living room and the tall bookcase in your bedroom would make perfect hiding places for sensors. By blending them in with your household items, they can be harder to spot. Just make sure flowers or books don’t obstruct the sensors view and void it from working properly.
- Some burglars enter through the basement, so don’t forget to place one or two sensors down there, but mount them high off the floor since basements tend to be cluttered with storage items.
A little precaution can go a long way when safeguarding your home, so cover your bases by placing several motion sensors on and around your home for the best protection possible for you and your loved ones.