A brief summary of how door and window sensors can greatly improve the effectiveness of your home security system

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were more than 2.1 million burglaries in 2011, and 60.6 percent of these burglaries involved forcible entries through a window, door, or other means. In the face of these statistics, adding door and window sensors to a home security system makes a lot of sense.


Window sensor: With window and door sensors in place, the act of opening a door or window when the security system is armed will trigger an alarm. When the alarm is not armed, you can open and close windows and doors in your home as you normally would.

Homeowners should keep in mind that while the door or window sensor is valuable when safeguarding the home, it does not prevent the would-be crook from opening the door or window. The triggering of an alarm is a proven deterrent in many cases.

All windows and doors on the first floor should be equipped with sensors. Some home security companies suggest that it is unnecessary to put a sensor on a window that can only be reached by a ladder, although some recommend that you do place a sensor even on second-story windows. A crafty thief with a ladder in a neighborhood where no one is watching may decide to try his/her luck by going through a window on the second floor.


Your home security system provider can help you to determine where these sensors should be placed.

QualitySmith has more information on a broad range of home security systems providers who include door and window sensors in their systems (include link to the home security provider’s hub article here.) If you’re interested in putting a home security system with door and window sensors to work for you, Qualitysmith can immediately connect you to local professionals who can assist you.