Is It Time to Upgrade Your Home’s Security?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As Americans work in their yards and start DIY home projects, it might be appropriate for them to think about improving outdoor security.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. households experienced about 16.3 million property crimes, including burglary and robbery, in 2008. Many people feel that a home security system automatically makes their home safe, but outdated technologies may leave a home vulnerable.

Take outdoor motion sensor lighting. Burglars want to avoid detection, so they are often deterred by well-lit yards and driveways, making motion sensor lighting a wise investment. But for the past two decades, motion sensor lights have used Passive Infrared technology (PIR), which detects heat from moving objects. The problem? PIR technology can be easily fooled.

PIR sensors can be triggered by wind or temperature changes. For example, they might turn on by wind-blown leaves, but fail to detect a burglar on a cold night. In addition, PIR motion sensor lights can only detect lateral, or side to side, movement. If a burglar moves towards a PIR light in a straight line, he can approach the house without triggering the light.

But one new motion sensor light combines Doppler Radar with PIR to create more reliable home security. Precision Plus Doppler Radar, by Cooper Lighting, uses Doppler Radar to cover those areas where PIR motion sensors fail. Doppler Radar allows the motion sensor light to cover a larger range. Doppler Radar does not sense temperature, so weather changes don’t affect its ability to sense somebody approaching the home. In addition, Doppler Radar can detect a person moving in a straight line towards or away from the home.

Upgrading a motion sensor light is just one way to protect your home. Some low-tech, DIY solutions include installing heavier doors and deadlocks, and removing large hedges, which burglars can use to hide.

To learn more about Precision Plus Doppler Radar, visit

In Homes, Burglars See Windows of Opportunity

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Most people believe that their homes are secure, but the statistics suggest that many homes are not. In 2008, over 2 million homes were burglarized, resulting in nearly $4.6 billion in total losses. The average burglary victim lost about $2,097 in property.

Burglars, for the most part, like easy targets. The good news? Criminals do not want to be seen, so a well-lit home and yard could deter would-be burglars. Motion detector lights illuminate yards and driveways without wasting energy, because they don’t turn on until they sense movement.

Precision Plus Doppler Radar, by Cooper Lighting, combines the range and accuracy of Doppler Radar with Passive Infrared technology (PIR), plus a built-in processor for one of the most advanced motion sensor lighting systems available. Precision Plus Doppler Radar protects your home with improved reliability, more dependable area coverage and stable performance.

PIR technology detects heat from moving objects and also side-to-side movement. Doppler radar technology reacts to actual motion — not heat changes. Plus, it detects movement toward and away from the home — straight-on coverage. Precision Plus Doppler Radar combines traditional PIR with the advantages of Doppler Radar to produce an outdoor security lighting system with more coverage and fewer false triggers.

For the past two decades, motion sensor lighting has relied on PIR, which detects heat from moving objects, such as people, animals, and cars. Unfortunately, these sensors can be triggered by changes in the wind and temperature, as well as stray objects like branches or leaves. A well-bundled burglar, for example, approaching a traditional motion sensor or product might not be detected on a cold night.

Precision Plus Doppler Radar revolutionizes the traditional PIR system using highly sensitive Doppler microwave technology. First, the system transmits microwave signals into the coverage area. Once a person enters the area and interrupts the signal, a return signal reaches the micro-chip processor which interprets the interruption as motion and activates the lamps.

To learn more about Precision Plus Doppler Radar, visit