Your home is your castle, right?  What did owners of castles in ancient times use for defense against invaders? High, impenetrable walls, battlements, moats, gates, archers, and sentries. As much as some of us (me included) would love to own and live in an ancient castle, impervious to burglars, alas, that is not likely to happen in our lifetimes.

While few of us can afford the level of security that ancient castle tenants enjoyed, most can afford fences and gates. If you are fortunate enough to live in community that does not prohibit them, I consider both to be must have items. Personally, I  cannot imagine living in a community with an HOA and CCRs that would prohibit my ability to install such basic security measures.

Fences and gates have been used for centuries, but residential electronic sensors are a 20th Century development. Affordable driveway and gate sensors are more recent developments yet.  A well-hidden sensor on or about the gate will send a signal to a receiver in your house which will, in turn, sound a chime or other audible tone to alert you when a person or vehicle passes through a boundary line, set by you.  While these affordable residential driveway alerts have been around for several decades, what surprises me is that more people do not use them.  In my opinion, an early warning received before that proverbial crash in the night is invaluable.

I have tested and tried many different types since the late 1980’s, on various properties ranging from a tightly packed urban neighborhood (ugh), to a more roomy suburban neighborhood (ah, better) to a remote off road property (best yet) parcel here in the high desert of Northern Nevada.  Some of these devices work almost ALL the time, when the proximity between the sensor and receiver are close. Some work, but when you don’t want them to – sounding off when an animal (rabbit, bird, or coyote) passes through the beam. Some are set off by wind in the summer, for they sense heat in motion.  The challenge has been finding a sensor that works only when a human or vehicle passes though the beam. None work 100%  of the time.

The other challenge is finding a system that works from a long distance, say 1,000 feet or more between the gate and receiver (not uncommon on rural properties),  and when there is an obstruction (a hill, trees, outbuilding, etc) between the sensor and the receiver at the house.

A relative newcomer in the residential driveway alert market is Dakota Alert’s BR 2500 Alert System   It operates up to a quarter mile away, needs no electricity to power it, and can be set up with several “zones” to monitor multiple entry points on the property.  It is very simple DIY project that nearly any homeowner can tackle in two hours.

Plug in the word “driveway alert” into Google or Amazon, and you”ll find a wide choice of such devices. No need to spend too much – just find a system that works for your environment and needs.

Tip: Whatever  you buy, buy two! Why? Several reasons

  1.  If the bad guy discovers your one and only device, he may bypass it.
  2. Electronics exposed to the elements have a limited life expectancy and will fail over time.
  3. As a general rule in life, always  have a backup. As the wise expression goes “one is none, and two is one.” Back up, baby, back up…

At Semper Firearms Training we encourage you to buy a good firearm, get trained in how to use it, get a Nevada CCW permit, and continue your firearms training as part of a defensive lifestyle