I’m using a Qolsys IQ panel 2, and have found myself in a bit of an arms race with people breaking into my house. The latest development is that someone sawed through the metal gate on my front door and actually bent the bars back far enough to be able to reach in and turn the deadbolt. Fortunately they didn’t get through my front door (which is alarmed), but this would allow them to steal my mail, and I’m concerned it could be a precursor to other undesirable activity. I’d like to be able to detect such sawing. Also, since it should take a while to saw through a metal gate, this would be a good opportunity for the police to nab whoever is doing this.
I’m intrigued by two things. The interlogix 5402 assault sensor claims to detect people sawing through metal. In addition, this video from SuretyDIY shows how to hook up a wired sensor to an RE101 wireless sensor inside a waterproof junction box, so as to monitor an outdoor gate. I’m wondering if it would be possible to combine these ideas, but it raises a number of questions.
First, does anyone have experience with the assault sensor, and how precise is it at detecting sawing? I don’t want this alarm to go off if someone walking by just kicks the gate, or if the mailman just stuffs a bunch of letters through the mail slot.
Second, the assault sensor is a battery-powered device, so presumably should be protected from the elements. Would it be feasible to mount the assault sensor inside a junction box, or would this change the vibration pattern to the point of invalidating it? Or should I consider the externally powered variant, the 5422, and put a battery for it inside the junction box?
Third, are there any all-in-one solutions or other approaches I should be considering? For example, are I’ve seen mixed reports on these forums of Schlage Z-wave locks working outdoors, so maybe I could install a smart deadbolt and (don’t know if this is possible) trigger an alarm if someone opens the deadbolt from the inside when in away mode.
Thanks for any advice.