What exactly is a glass break detector? It actually does not detect broken glass itself, but instead detects the sound of broken glass. It's a great addition to any smart security system, which is why we include glass break detection built in to our panel (Qolsys IQ Panel 2).
But you may be asking yourself “Why would I need a glass break sensor when I already have window sensors?” .
Simple, door sensors only detect someone opening the window or door; they sense the trajectory of the object they are attached to, and they cannot do anything when someone skillfully breaks the glass.
This is where the similarly dubbed detector comes in, which uses an audio microphone, allowing it to detect loud, specific noises. In case your home has large windows, or doors with decorative glass panels on them, such sensor offers complementary protection, alongside the normal alarms.
That means that the detection actually occurs when your home is broken into, and because windows are often broken, the entry is more likely to be caught. Because glass has a very distinct sound, it is more likely to catch glass breaking and less likely to catch a false positive. On the other hand, it’s also possible that it won’t trigger at all, because the intruder could choose not to break any glass. Glass breaking systems are best used in homes where the glass would make the most sense as an entryway, such as homes that have large window facing relatively private areas of their home, or those who have glass windows in their doors.
How much do glass break detectors cost?
If you are protecting your home with American Defense Systems, you actually get a glass break detector for FREE. We only install the Qolsys IQ Panel 2, which comes with a built in glass break detector. One less piece of equipment to install with the same added benefits - SMART.
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