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Top 8 Creative Uses of Basic Security Sensors in a Home Security System

Get the Most Out of Your Home Security System

Using Basic Sensors to Provide More Peace of Mind


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Basic Sensors Can Protect a Whole Lot More Doors and Windows!


There are a number of special uses for the standard door or window sensors in your home alarm system.

These magnetic sensors can be set up so that they are either monitored or non-monitored.  You can set up your security system to send out a discreet signal to you via e-mail or SMS when the sensor is triggered.


Some typical uses might be:


Gun Cabinet

Protecting your weapons from unauthorized or unsupervised use will help prevent tragedy. In addition to locking your gun cabinet, use a magnetic contact to send an e-mail notification via SMS or e-mail to alert you when your cabinet is accessed. This can provide a valuable second line of defense that could safeguard against the possibility of suicide or an accidental shooting.


Medicine and Liquor Cabinets

Keep tabs on the contents of your liquor and medicine cabinets. With some systems, you can even set up a medicine cabinet to alert you if it has not been opened within a certain time period.


Hazardous Materials

Take an extra step when it comes to childproofing your home.  Place a contact on any cabinet within a youngster’s reach that might contain harmful or toxic materials.  It can be set to activate the chime feature on your security system.


Private Rooms

Got roommates or a housekeeper that you want to limit access to private areas?  Place a contact on the bedroom or office door and set it to alert you if the area is entered.


Desk Drawers

Keep anyone from snooping in desk drawers where sensitive materials are gained.


Tool Shed

As long as the tool shed is located within the range of the hub of the security system, a sensor can be placed on the door of your tool shed as well.  Extreme cold can affect the sensors.  You may need to look into special outdoor sensors for this application.



Want to know if the mail has arrived?  Sensors can be placed on the mailbox to alert you.


Pool Gate

Pools are great. But for families with young children, they can be cause for concern.

You can keep track of anyone who opens your pool gate with a magnetic sensor.  Check with your home security provider to see what sensors are best suited to your type/style of gate.


It is important to note that outdoor applications may not create ideal conditions for basic sensors. Mounting on certain surfaces may present challenges.  The distance to the sensor from the main hub of the wireless security system may be too far for a good signal.

Additionally,  the weather conditions in your region of the country may be too extreme for basic sensors.  There are, however, special weatherproof sensors that may be available for your application.


Contact your home security provider for recommendations for the ideal solution to your application.


What’s your creative idea for using basic security sensors?


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The Home Security Advisor

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Last Updated on October 21, 2018 by

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