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6 Creative Places to Use Entry Sensors That Aren't Doors or Windows

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Door and window sensors are great. The concept is fairly simple: a magnet or contact rests next to a sensor. When separated, it breaks a circuit, sending a signal to sound an alarm. If the system is connected to a monitoring service, the police will be alerted. Even if not monitored, the system will still act as a pretty effective local alarm.

SimpliSafe’s Entry Sensors are even better than wired ones, as they serve the same purpose with the added benefit of having no wires to cut, which can defeat the system. They can also be quite versatile, as their portability allows you to put them to all sorts of creative uses in your home. Anything that opens can have a door or window sensor attached to it, and if the sensor is set to send you a Secret Alert (via email and text message) without having to involve the police at all.

Whether you use an entry sensor with a siren or set it to secret alert, there are plenty of creative and unique ways you can utilize them!

Using Door Sensors with Secret Alerts:

Display cases – People collect just about everything from vintage action figures to antique dolls to sterling silver souvenir spoons. To many people, these passionate, private collections not only hold great emotional worth, but can be worth a lot of money. A sensor on your display case can set off an alarm the moment it’s opened. Pretend like your home is a museum and treat that original Darth Vader action figure with the retractable Light Saber like the Crown Jewels!

Liquor Cabinets, Humidors and Wine Cellars – Parents could make great use out of a sensor placed on the doors of a liquor cabinet. Just showing your teenager that you’ve installed one should be enough to keep them out of it.

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Medicine Cabinets – You can learn a lot about a person by the contents of their medicine cabinet. Imagine holding a party and you get a text that your medicine cabinet door has been opened. Pop a sensor on it to keep prying eyes from snooping at your medication, or worse, pilfering your painkillers.

Roommates– Sometimes you aren’t necessarily trying to protect anything of value that a burglar can steal and sell, but protect your privacy. Sensors can be put on interior doors, as well. Just rented a room in an apartment you found on Craigslist? Besides putting a good lock on your bedroom door, an entry sensor set to send you a Secret Alert will let you know if any of your room mates have gone snooping in your room. They can be attached to closet doors and dresser drawers, and even used on the base of a big-screen television, so if it’s moved at all, you’ll know.

When to Use a Window Sensor Set to Alarm:

Gun Cabinets/Safes – Many states require gun owners to store their firearms in a locked cabinet or safe. This protects not only small children who may live in the home, but are highly effective in keeping stolen guns off of our streets.

Vehicles – Much like a detached garage or a storage shed, vehicles such as RV’s, trailers and boats stored in the backyard when not in use can also benefit from being protected by door and window sensors. Even if a burglar doesn’t want to run the risk of breaking into the actual home itself, they may want to try and see if they can make away with anything of value stored in the cabin of a tarp-covered boat or locked RV. Put some door and window sensors on any entry points, and if breached, they’ll trip the alarm inside the house. On one very memorable occasion, a SimpliSafe customer used our Entry Sensors to protect a tank that is under restoration!

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The possibilities are pretty much endless and everyone has various things in their lives that they’d like to protect or just keep private. A door or window sensor set to the right setting can give you the peace of mind you want to know that your stuff is secure. Even if what you are trying to protect has no monetary value to speak of, it’s still your stuff. If people are messing with it, you should know.

Besides using door and window sensors to protect the same entrances you use every day (including that bathroom window you’ve had to climb through after leaving your house keys on the kitchen table) what clever uses have you found to use these great little pieces of technology? Please let us know in the comments below!