According to FBI statistics, 23% of all break-ins begin when a burglar enters through a first story window. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to secure these potential entry points. Among the two most popular and effective are Window Sensors and Glass Break Sensors.
Window sensors come in a variety of types. They are;
- Sliding Window Block: These are designed to prevent sliding type windows from being opened forcefully. When a window is opened by force, this type of sensor will be triggered. They are typically mounted in the track of a sliding window.
- Magnetic Sensors: These sensors detect the breakage of a magnetic connection within the sensor. When the sensor is separated from the magnet, an alarm is triggered.
- Tilt Sensors: These sensors are designed to trigger an alarm when a window is left open. They are typically only part of a two-part system in which the second component would be one of the two sensors mentioned above.
Pros & Cons
The advantages if these types of sensors are that they can cover a variety of situations to best suit the needs of the homeowner. The main disadvantage of these common types of window sensors is they only work if the window is opened in the way that the sensor is designed to protect against. If, for example, a sliding block sensor is bypassed by a home invader who breaks the glass instead of opening the window normally- then the alarm will not be triggered.
For homeowners who are at home and confident that the breaking of a window would wake them in the night, these may be sufficient. However, if you are going on vacation or are away from home for any reason, a criminal could break in and remain undetected simply by breaking the glass.
Glass Break Sensors
Glass break sensors are designed to trigger an alarm when the glass is broken. These come in two main types;
- Glass Break Detectors: These systems are designed to set off an alarm when they detect the sound of breaking glass. They are able to cover whole rooms with a single sensor.
- Shock Sensors: These security systems are designed to trigger an alarm when a sensor is physically disrupted by the breaking of the glass. They are typically composed of an electrical wire that is taped to the window. When the glass is broken, it breaks an electrical circuit which triggers an alarm.
Pros & Cons
The benefit of these systems is that they guard against a type of illegal entry that ordinary window sensors do not. What’s more, the simple opening of a window does not necessarily indicate that a crime is being committed. The breaking of a window, on the other hand, is much more likely to be an actual break-in by a burglar or home invader.
The disadvantage of glass break detectors is that the window has to be broken before an alarm is triggered. In cases where a home invader is especially aggressive, this may not be enough.
Our Advice; Cover All the Bases
Most experts agree the best way to overcome the drawbacks of these two types of systems is to install both kinds of window alarms. When your windows are protected against breaking glass and others forms of entry- you can be double sure that your home is safe.
Of course, the only way to be sure your home is safe is to go with a home monitoring service who can verify break-ins using a variety of systems, and alert the authorities should your home fall prey to burglars.
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