Window Alarm Systems: Is It Better To Use Glass Break Detectors or Motion Sensors?

Making use of both glass break detectors and motion sensors is obviously the best way to make your home as secure as possible, However, we understand that utilizing both of these security systems may not be in everyone’s budget. For this reason, we usually recommend people to use motion sensors before making use of glass break detectors. It’s fairly straightforward to achieve good, reliable security through using door sensors, the top window alarms, and well-placed motion detectors.

However, just like this most things, there are some nuances you need to be aware of if you’re going to be using one security system over another instead of using them together (which is always going to provide you with the most security).

Glass Break Detectors VS. Motion Sensors

it’s common knowledge that window and door sensors are used to protect the doors and windows in your home, business, garage, etc. from being broken in to. However, most people don’t know which sensor(s) they should use to add an extra layer of protection to their property. We believe that glass break detectors are amazing additions to a property that’s only protected by window and door sensors. This is because a window or door sensor will only trigger/go off when a window or door is opened. So, if a criminal breaks a window to get into your home those alarms will not go off and they’ll have full access to your belongings. If a criminal were to cut a hole into your roof to gain access that way, none of the alarms would go off either. These are just 2 of many examples as to why sensors on your windows and doors shouldn’t be your only means of protection.

Motion Sensor Vs Glass Break Detector

Just like the window and door sensor previously talked about, a glass break detector is another layer of protection you should add to your home but leaves many vulnerabilities if used on its own. These detectors work by using a microphone to pick up the frequency of glass breaking. If it detects that frequency, then the alarm is activated. So now your window and door sensors protect your home from having these things forcefully opened and the glass break detector protects you if a criminal breaks glass to get inside of your home rather than forcefully entering. If your home or business has big windows that could be easily broken and crawled through, then these glass break detectors are great options for you to use to add an extra layer of protection to your property.

Meanwhile, motion sensors are known to be good for interior protection. Window and door sensors along with glass break detectors protect, in limited ways, against a criminal coming into your home, motion sensors will work regardless of how someone got into your home or business. As soon as an uninvited “guest” walks into a room that you have protected by a motion sensor, an alarm is activated. In fact, if your home is properly set up with motion detectors then you may not have any need for any perimeter/exterior protection. However, if you can afford it, it’s always smart to have both interior and exterior security in your home, and it’s especially smart to have this for your business. Motion sensors, while working very well for protection, still have some drawbacks you should know about.

The Drawbacks Of Motion Sensors

For one, when you arm your security system to the stay mode, your motion detectors are normally bypassed and your home would be unprotected. This ensures that you can walk freely throughout your house without activating an alarm. Unfortunately, it leaves your house unprotected at night. Also, with motion sensors, the alarm is not activated until the intruder walks into the motion zone. With glass break detectors and door and window sensors, the alarm is activated as soon as the entry occurs. This may be the difference between an intruder deciding to actually come into your home or not. Finally, if you have cats or large dogs, motion detectors can be problematic due to false alarms.

For starters, when you activate your security systems “stay” mode, the motion detectors you have set up around the house and disabled so that you’re able to freely walk around without setting off any alarms. However, this will leave your house unprotected at night while you sleep. Plus, when you’re using motion detectors no alarms will go off until an intruder walks through the “detection” zone. This means that if an intruder is able to go around these zones or if you have rooms without any detectors at all, they’ll be able to go completely unnoticed.

Motion Sensor Security System

With exterior protection systems, like the glass break detectors we talked about earlier, an alarm will be activated the moment an entry occurs. This could be the difference between a criminal deciding whether or not to try to break into your home. It’s also worth noting that if you have large animals, such as cats or dogs, you could deal with false alarms going off while your pets roam around at night or during the day when you’re at work.

So, while motion sensors may be your best option if you have a limited budget, there are still drawbacks to consider. If you’re really serious about your home security system, we highly recommend you spend more money and get multiple security measures so that no matter which method a criminal may use to try to enter into your home undetected, they’ll be unsuccessful. This will help to ensure the safety of you, your family, and all of your precious belongings.