Security sensors are often called window/door contacts, but they’re so much more!

A sensor is two devices that fit together. When those devices are lined up together, usually that means a door/window is closed and a signal is sent to your security system panel. When those devices are NOT lined up (the door/window is open), the system is no longer sending signals to the panel, which will notify the user and/or the monitoring station.

Every QEI Security & Technology security system comes with three of these sensors, usually placed on doors to protect the perimeter of the home. Many customers also purchase additional sensors for their first floor windows or those windows that a burglar may target.

But, sensors can actually help you to monitor any areas that are off-limits. If you have a wireless security system with an app for arming/disarming, you can even receive text notifications when one of these sensors is open.

Sensors are wireless (operate on digital cellular transmission technology), are just $60 each and can be added to any security system for no additional monthly monitoring cost.

Here are five unique ways to use security sensors in your home.

1. Medicine or Cleaning Products Cabinet

Toxic items in your home can actually look like treats to children, so it is important to protect your medicine cabinet and areas where you keep cleaning products. A security sensor can immediately send a notification to your smartphone when these areas are accessed.

Make sure you always have the phone number for Poison Control handy – 1-800-222-1222.

2. Liquor Cabinet

If you have teens or babysitters, you may want to monitor the opening of the liquor cabinet. A sensor is the easiest way to do that.

Speaking of babysitters – make sure your sitters learn how to use your security system. You can assign the sitter a personal access code to keep track of what times the babysitter disarms your system to enter your home and vice-versa.

3. Gun Safe

On average 36 Americans were killed by guns every day in 2015. Needless to say, placing a security sensor on a gun safe is one of the most common uses of a sensor.

4. Backyard Gate

Do you have a pet that will escape any time the gate is opened? Put a sensor on the gate so you know when it is opened and closed. If the gate is opened and never closed, you know not to let your dog out!

Don’t forget to microchip your pets!

5. Gift Closet

Put a contact sensor on the closet where you hide gifts, then set your security system to text you every time the door opens. Your little snoopers will be caught red-handed!