What is a Glass Break Sensor?

Glass Breaking

Unlike Nick Lowe, not everyone loves the sound of breaking glass because it means something or someone from the outside is trying to get in; It could be a branch from a tree that has crashed through your window, or an intruder is trying to break into your home. 

According to the most recent 2020 statistics about burglaries, about 23% of burglars enter through a window. Windows are commonly left unlocked, or even open, making them an easy entry point. 81% of burglaries happen on the first floor while 34% of burglars enter through the front door, simply by walking in while it’s unlocked. With these numbers in mind, it’s important to cover all bases when protecting your home and loved ones from intruders.

The Glass Break Sensor

The glass break sensor is an excellent line of defense using two different methods to trigger your alarm: by hearing the sounds or sensing the vibrations. Acoustic Sensors trigger when a pane of glass is shattered nearby. When glass breaks, it creates a distinct acoustic sound frequency that is picked up by the glass break sensor and triggers the alarm. They work great in a room with large windows where an intruder can crash in. So one sensor can easily cover an entire room or floor. 

Shock sensors work by picking up the vibrations of the breaking glass and need to be attached to the pane of glass they are protecting. Shock sensors do cause fewer false alarms, but you have to consider you’ll need multiple sensors for every window, which can get expensive. 

It is important to remember these differences when deciding to add a glass break sensor to your security arsenal. Door and window sensors can only go so far in protecting the things you value most. If a burglar decides to enter through a smashed window, your open/close sensors will not provide enough protection. This is where the small but mighty glass break sensor, that you can attach near or on your windows, comes into play!

Scout Alarm has an acoustic glass break sensor that is available for sale in conjunction with the Scout System. Scout Alarm requires a monitoring plan to access the features of the Scout mobile app and to receive 4G cellular backup.  

You can learn more about the plans and their features here: Monitoring Plans

With a glass break sensor, you can leave your house confident that you are that much more secure in protecting your home and loved ones!