It’s no secret that property crimes are common. In fact, Oregon boasts the second-highest property crime rate in the region. The national average for property crimes is 19.6 per 1,000 people. In Oregon, the property crime rate is 27.1 per 1,000 people. With higher-than-average property crimes, it’s no wonder so many people are investing in enhanced home and commercial security, including security cameras and alarms. But is a driveway alarm necessary? What benefits does it offer? Read on for what you need to know about protecting your property with a driveway alarm.

What is a Driveway Alarm?

Driveway alarms are not as sophisticated as a professionally designed and installed home camera security system, or home alarm system. However, they can be integrated along with other security measures in your home or business to provide an added layer of protection. Moreover, they are typically quite affordable, and easy to install or have installed.  

A driveway alarm consists of sensors that communicate with a transmitter and a receiver to notify you of activity on your driveway. The alarm can be connected to and synced with home security cameras, such as wireless cameras porch cameras to allow you to not only be notified when someone has entered your property but to view them from your security camera footage.

There are several types of driveway alarms. Some use infrared sensors, which detect living objects that cross the beam of the sensor. Magnetic alarms will detect metal objects such as vehicles, motorcycles, or bicycles.  

Benefits for Homeowners and Commercial Property Owners

Driveway alarms offer added peace of mind to homeowners and commercial property owners.  This is particularly true for homeowners with a long driveway or a short road to their homes.  Rural homeowners are excellent candidates for driveway alarms, but they also offer benefits to homeowners in the city and suburbs. Here are some of the benefits of installing a driveway alarm.

  • Cost Effective
    Driveway alarms are relatively inexpensive, making them an affordable way to add additional security to your home.


  • Integrates with Other Security Devices
    An alarm for your driveway can be integrated with other motion detection sensors, cameras, and alarms on your home and property.


  • May Increase Your Home’s Value
    Adding additional security features to your home, such as surveillance cameras or an alarm on your driveway can help boost your home’s resale value when you decide to sell it.


  • May be Installed in Other Locations
    Don’t let the name fool you. Driveway alarms can be installed in other locations on your property, including the backyard or in your garage.


  • Alarms are Available to Cover a Variety of Ranges
    Whether you have a short driveway, or a long driveway and expansive property, alarms are available to cover a variety of ranges with some boasting ranges up to one-quarter of a mile. 

Get Professional, Experienced Help with Home Security in Western Oregon

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Federal Security provides custom home security and commercial property security solutions throughout Western Oregon. As a leading security company for more than 25 years, Federal Security provides CCTV installation, driveway alarm installation, fire alarm installation, access control systems, and maintenance on all home and commercial property security devices. To request a quote, or for a consultation, call 541-757-8153 or send us a message.