Install Glass Break Sensors to Improve Security for Your Smart Home

According to the FBI’s Crime Clock, a burglary happens every 22.6 seconds in the U.S. How much security is too much security? Everyone needs to answer that question for themselves, but Abraham Maslow theorized that after physiological needs (e.g., food, water, warmth, rest, etc.), security and safety is the next level of basic needs that people desire to fulfill.

In this new smart home age, there are many Internet-connected devices that help safeguard against potential home burglaries. Consumers may choose motion sensors, contact sensors for doors and windows, smart locks, security lighting, video doorbells, and surveillance cameras to secure homes.

Another layer of home protection that most people do not consider is how to protect against an intruder shattering a window, glass door panel, or sliding glass door to enter a home. Breaking through a window or other glass entryway could bypass a contact sensor that is monitoring when a window or door is opened or closed.

Adding a glass break sensor to complement a contact sensor would help prevent breaking and entering. Glass break sensor have built-in alarms that sound off when a window or door is smashed. As an always on sensor, a glass break detector is a great complement to any home security system to more passive sensors like motion sensors.

Acoustic vs Vibration Sensors

There are two basic types of glass break sensors: acoustic and vibration. An Glass Break Sensors 2acoustic sensor uses a microphone to detect the sound frequencies made from a glass breaking. Without the ability to adjust the sensitivity, an acoustic glass break detector may result in false alarms. The acoustic sensor cannot tell the difference from a burglar breaking a window or sounds of breaking glass from a television or wine glass shattering on the kitchen floor.

Vibration sensors do exactly what it sounds like they would do – sense vibrations. The methods for sensing vibration differ (e.g., accelerometers, gravity, gyroscope, etc.) but the basic idea is that movement is detected whenever the sensor is disturbed. Vibration sensors are typically placed on glass windows, doors, glass door panels, or other entryways. Sensors could also be placed on mailboxes, drawers, cabinets, or inside a valet or jewelry box.

If an intruder attempts to gain forced entry through a glass door panel or window, Internet-connected vibration sensors will pick up this disturbance and notify you through an associated mobile app. Though prone to some false alarms, vibration sensors can serve as a useful tool, providing a sense of security and control to homeowners regardless of where they may be when a potential break-in occurs.

Vibration Sensors Quick Tips

For those interested in adding vibration sensors to secure their smart home, here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your new smart sensor. Regarding installation, it is suggested that these sensors be placed at points where forced entry might be the most prevalent security concern. Vibration sensors are best at picking up the physical signs of an intrusion, so work to determine which areas of your space are most at risk of forced entry. For example, sliding glass doors that are typically found towards the back of most homes would be ideal for vibration detection sensors.

Here are some additional tips after installation:
  • Swap out or recharge the batteries. False alarms from vibration sensors or offline status indicated through a mobile app or smart home hub may result from low batteries. Just swap (or charge) the batteries to fix the issue.
  • Adjust Configurations. Vibration sensors could be set to extremely sensitive when installed with the out-of-the-box configuration. If you’re dealing with dozens of meaningless notifications, consider adjusting the sensitivity of the unit.
  • Resetting the vibration sensor. Like other devices, sometimes restarting is all it takes for a vibration sensor to work properly again.
Vibration Sensors: An Underrated Addition to Any Smart Home

When setting up a new smart home or revising a current setup, chances are that vibration sensors are one of the last devices that come to mind. However, these small units provide the sort of sensing technology that is key to creating a safe and secure smart home. While they can be difficult to configure at first, they provide users with an extra layer of smart home security.