If you’ve had the time to look through my website, you’ve probably noticed that I have tried to cover all angles when it comes to security in your home or at your business premises. I also recognize that not everyone has thousands of dollars to spend on a complete system (or an ongoing security company contract), which is why I have chosen a number of different options that won’t break the bank.
Among them (as you’ve probably guessed) are glass break sensors, and I think these work brilliantly as an addition to the current security set-up you have, or as a way of protecting various “weak spots” around your home or business.
So, on with the reviews.
Doberman Security SE-0106 Ultra Slim Window Alert
This glass break sensor works alone, that is to say you don’t need to install a security system in order to use it. Think of it as an alarm system all by itself that’s there solely to stop intruders from gaining access through a window or glass plated door, which incidentally is one of the most popular methods used.
These are really easy to use and are battery powered. All you need to do is follow the instructions included, stick it to the window you want to protect and “hey presto” you have an added safety measure! The alarm (which is no less than 100 decibels) is triggered when over-exerted vibration of the glass is sensed, and in most cases the intruder won’t get as far as breaking the glass before the alarm is raised.
It’s slim-line in design and carries a warning sticker to the rear so this is visible to would-be thieves. The only one thing I will point out is this glass break sensor WILL NOT help if someone tries to pry a window or door instead of breaking it.
Honeywell 5853 Wireless Glass Break Detector
Unlike the model above, this glass break detector will need to be connected to your current alarm system. However, the units themselves are wireless so you won’t need that drill again. One of the best things about these glass break sensors is they’ve been designed to work with all 5800 series systems.
You also don’t have to place them directly on to your windows. In fact, they’ve been built so you can place them just above a window or on the ceiling. Do bear in mind however that the range should be no more than 25 feet from the window you want protect.
Honeywell has used something called a FlexCore signal processor. Without getting too technical what this means is that sound data received is processed in parallel as oppose to sequentially. If that’s slightly confusing the upshot is you get fewer false alarms!
I have come across a few “niggles” about false alarms with this model, however this might be due to the fact that when the sensor arrives it is set on maximum and for most residential buildings this is too high. In my opinion, the best way to get the sensitivity at a level that suits you is to test them once installed.
Interlogix Acoustic Glassbreak Detector
I’ve chosen to add this glass break sensor not just because it won’t break the bank, but because it’s perfect for those of you who already have an alarm system installed OR for those of you that don’t. The beauty of this model is it gives you 360 degree protection so it’s best installed on a ceiling.
However, the size of room does come into question because (just as the Honeywell above) you won’t get the desired results if the sensor is more than a 25 foot radius away from any window you wish to protect. False alarms can be an issue with many glass break sensors but the manufacturer has thought about this. They have used a form of technology which means the sensor is attuned to the sounds breaking glass makes.
In fact, they boast this model will reduce false alarms by up to 25% more than industry leading brands. The only point I will make about this glass breaking sensor is that it’s NOT wireless. It will work if you install it on its own, but if you want to connect it to your current system it will have to be wired in.