January 5, 2015

Using Glass Break Sensors to Deter the Impulsive Thief

According to the FBI 2012 Crime Report, almost nine million property crime offenses occurred that year. Of those property crimes 68 percent were theft. Glass areas are extremely vulnerable since they present an easy way to gain entry to a premise. Glass doors, side windows next to the main entrances and windows facing back alleys should be protected, as well as stock area windows with limited activity, and restricted office areas.

Retail windows are a beautiful way to display merchandise, but can present a crime of opportunity for the impulsive thief. Protecting storefront glass breaks may not prevent “smash and grab” losses, however, it would prevent most burglars from actually entering the building and removing valuable property. Using glass break sensors would alert employees and the central monitoring station there is a break-in as soon as a window is smashed.

Security systems are typically off when cleaning crews are in the building and when employees are working after hours. Glass break sensors can still remain on, allowing individuals the ability to move freely around the building, and know they are still protected.

Glass display cases are another use for glass break sensors. Museum curators and retailers with glass display and jewelry cases often want the extra security inside the glass display case.

Some buildings may have tinted film on the windows in sunnier climates or security glass laminates used to prevent shattering from impacts. The sensors are not affected by the tinted films but the sensors will need to be placed closer to the windows with security glass laminates. Many offices also have curtains or blinds on at least some windows, glass break sensors provide protection regardless of the type of window coverings.

Glass break sensors will detect the unique sound of breaking glass and vibration coming from the glass as it breaks. By listening for the unique sound of glass breaking, the sensors have a range of about 20 feet, and can cover multiple windows. They are flexible, reliable and designed to eliminate false alarms.

Business owners have two types of sensors to choose from; the first is a sensor that works on acoustics or sound alone, the second works on acoustics and vibration together. We use the GE Shatter Pro which has increased alarm immunity because of its advanced technology. It also has a high quality filter for ambient noise.

If there are trees or other access points leading to the second floor of the building, glass break sensors should be installed in these areas as well. Businesses can take an active role in reducing their vulnerability and criminal opportunity. One Source Security and Automation, Inc can evaluate your building and recommend the best security protection for your business.

Call us today for a free evaluation, (800) 570-6478.


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