Taking over a Vivint system (with new panel, etc) but need some advice on sensors and designing my system. There are two glass break sensors already installed that I plan to re-use. My question is how should I secure the windows from someone forcibly opening them (w/o breaking the glass). I would install motion sensors or better yet the Image Sensor (2GIG-Image1) but I have a rather large (but small for the breed) 125 pound English Mastiff that will likely set off motion sensors often. Do I have any other options other than installing window/door sensors or shock sensors on every window? That seems very cost prohibitive.
I also thought of skipping window sensors and just going with the image sensor set up to not activate the alarm if triggered but only take still images. I believe that is possible, correct? I would then only check or upload images if I saw signs of a break-in. Not very proactive but better than nothing I suppose.
Lastly I could go the video route but again the dog setting off the motion sensors would be an issue and I would quickly use my quota. I’m considering 3rd party cameras that would record to my Windows Home Server but I lose the integration aspect which seems disappointing.
Can motions be set up to only be set off for something 4 foot tall or higher?
Please let me know your thoughts and recommendations.