Wired Shock Sensors
Glass break sensors are commonly divided into two types of devices. Conventional glass breaks are audio-sensing devices that actively listen for the sounds associated with breaking glass. On the other hand, a shock sensor doesn’t detect sounds. Instead, the device will sense the shockwaves caused by breaking glass. When the device senses such a force, it will cause an alarm on the security system. For best results, it is recommended that the user installs the shock sensor directly on the glass that they want to monitor. This way, if the glass is broken, the shockwaves will be able to reach the device so that an alarm can be properly triggered.
Shock sensors have many uses and possible applications. Many homeowners install the devices on their windows in case someone tries to break into their house. They can also be installed on glass casings, such as trophy cases, so that the user can know immediately if their property has been damaged. Shock sensors are also often used in jewelry stores and gun shops where products are likely to be kept inside of a protective glass casing. This is very useful for quickly setting off an alarm in the event of an attempted robbery. These devices can also be used in places such as museums that need to protect and monitor their priceless exhibits.
One note about shock sensors is that they can be a little more sensitive than sound-based glass break detectors. It’s not unheard of for a shock sensor to activate because someone was tapping on the glass without causing it to break. This should be kept in mind if you decide to purchase a shock sensor. However, as shock sensors have become more advanced over the years, this is less likely to occur. These devices are also generally tested by striking the glass with a rubber or plastic object. The sensor should detect the associated shockwaves and trigger.
As a wired device, a wired shock sensors must be connected directly to a security system. This will require running a wire from the sensor to the device. Alternatively, wired shock sensors can also be used with wireless systems by using either a wired to wireless system converter or a wireless transmitter. This is useful for users who want to upgrade to a wireless security system while still using their old hardwired devices. Of course, we also offer wireless shock sensors.
When installing a shock sensor, we recommend placing it in the corner of the glass, a little more than an inch away from the edge or frame. Test the device by tapping the opposite corner. If it activates, then you can feel confident in knowing that the device will activate no matter where the glass is broken. Since the device is hardwired, the shock sensor will never require any sort of battery replacement during its lifetime. The device can then be left alone, unless a break-in were to occur and the sensor were to be severely damaged in the process.