Why Are Glass Break Detectors A Must For Your Home Security?

They give us light, fresh air and a view, but windows are also typically the most vulnerable part of any home security system. Criminals know instinctively how to test the entry points of any home. Windows that many homeowners forget or overlook can be an easy target to any burglar trying to breach your home security system and gain access to your home. Basement windows, or windows hidden behind shrubs and trees, oftentimes form a weak spot in a security system. Sliding glass doors to patios or rooftop terraces can be challenging for homeowners with DIY security systems, and are frequently not sufficiently protected. Fortunately shock sensors and glass break detectors supply effective and affordable solutions.

Latches & Locks – Not Enough?

Crime reports show that the first point of access for many burglaries is a window that has been broken or removed. Obviously latches and locks aren’t enough, and neither are mere contact sensors that monitor when a window frame has been opened. In order to sound an alarm when the actual glass of a window breaks or is tampered with, you will need shock sensors or glass break detectors. Shock sensors register the exact shock frequencies that course through window frames and glass in the event that a pane of glass is broken or tampered with, and trigger an alarm. Because they mount onto glass directly, they are evident to anybody looking to take advantage of a weak home security system. In this way, shock detectors are a visual deterrent before they even have to work.

Installing Glass Break Detectors

Another way to guard your windows is by incorporating glass break detectors into your home security system. Glass break detectors, sometimes referred to as audio discriminators, can be wireless or installed as part of a hardwired security system. Unlike shock detectors, glass break detectors are designed to mount on walls and ceilings and cover an area of roughly 35 feet in all directions. Single technology detectors listen for the frequency of splintering wood and breaking glass, and sound an alarm if both these frequencies are registered. To minimize the risk of false alarms, dual technology detectors add another step to the process; they must register a thump before the frequency hit to set off the alarm. Both types of glass break detectors work well in large spaces with multiple windows; however, they do not pick up frequencies around corners or through walls.

Experience shows that adding shock sensors or glass break detectors to your security system can be the difference between deterring a burglar from entering your home, and not even knowing one has broken in until it’s too late.

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Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010