Installing a security system with glass break sensors can be one of the smartest ways to protect your home or business from crime. To provide this protection, your alarm system will employ a range of devices that are placed strategically to either act as a deterrent and/or trigger an alarm when an intruder tries to break-in.

Devices like motion sensors, window and door contact sensors are some of the most common you will find in home and business security. This is because these devices are very effective. As effective as they may be, they can leave gaps in your protection.

In this post, we are going to take a closer look at glass break sensors and how they can protect Kentucky homes and businesses.

What Exactly Is A Glass Break Sensor?

A glass break sensor is a security device that detects the sound of breaking glass. When the sensor “hears” glass breaking it can provide a response like an audible alarm or it can send an alert to a security monitoring station.

Glass break detectors are equipped with microphones that “listen” for the sound of breaking glass. They also have microprocessors that help them to distinguish between the sound of glass breaking and other noises. Good glass break detectors can even tell the difference between the sound of a breaking window and other types of glass breaking like that of a cup breaking on the floor.

How Do Glass Break Sensors Work?

Door and window sensors work by having two parts of a sensor that are close together when the door or window is closed. When the door or window opens, it moves the two parts of the sensor apart and this triggers the alarm.

But what happens if a burglar breaks a window and climbs through without opening it. What if they smash a glass door and just walk through the empty frame? In both of these situations, the contacts would not separate and it would not trigger an alarm.

Glass break detectors are devices that can add an extra layer of protection and guard against criminals that would break a window or glass door to gain entry. Glass break sensors integrate with window and door sensors to detect sound or vibration involved with glass smashing to trigger an alarm.

The Benefits of Having Glass Break Sensors

A glass breakage detector adds another layer of protection to your security system. Door and window sensors are important, but a criminal could bypass them by breaking the glass in a window. Motion sensors are also good, but they won’t detect an intruder until they have already entered the home.

By adding glass break detectors, you can address both of these concerns. Burglars will not be able to get around door/window sensors by breaking glass and it will also trigger the alarm before they enter your home or business.

A window shatter alarm can also be an effective deterrent. If the glass breakage sensor is set to trigger an audible alarm, it will scare most burglars off before they gain entry. In other words, a criminal might break the window, but when they hear the alarm go off, most will decide that it would be smarter to make a hasty retreat rather than continue with their attempt to break in.

Another nice feature of glass break detectors is that you can cover a lot of area with one sensor. A good glass shatter alarm can easily cover all of the windows in one room. Depending on the conditions, the range of a glass break sensor can provide protection for a radius of 20 ft or more.