Lately, my whole life has been wracked with paranoia! Since December of '07 when our home was burglarized, I have done nothing but think about ways to protect my home, possessions, and identity. It's been crazy! Or maybe I really meant to say, it's making ME crazy!
Not only have I found places to hide my valuables when I'm not home, I've alarmed my doors and windows, and now I have a wireless sensor to alert me to any car, person, or animal that comes down my driveway! During the day, I can see out to the end of my driveway, but at night, because we don't have street lights, it's pitch black out there! My dogs will bark when they hear something, but many times they bark at "nothing"! This makes me constantly run to the front windows to see if anyone is out there. I live in the "toolies" so when the dogs bark I get a little freaked out!
Now I have the "Driveway Informer"! It consists of a sensor/transmitter and a receiver. The sensor is a weatherproof piece that runs on a 9 volt alkaline battery, and is mounted on a post outside. The receiver is the part that goes inside the house, and will make a "ding-dong" sound when something passes by the sensor. This unit has a range of 1500 to 3000 ft. There are some dip switches that need to be set up between the two pieces, but it's not difficult to do. Also, there is an option to change the sound on the receiver, but honestly, they all sound pretty much alike. The volume can also be controlled. According to the manual, (which is a sheet of paper), the receiver has a set of 12VDC output terminals for additional buzzers, strobe lights, sirens, (sirens???), or other 12VDC devices. Huh? To each his own, I guess.
Maybe it's a false sense of security, but I feel safer knowing for sure when someone, or something is heading down my driveway. I know there are waaay less expensive wireless sensors and receivers, but sometimes you get what you pay for, and I didn't want to take any chances on my safety.