Can I protect windows using Honeywell wireless sensors?
There are a few different ways to protect your home's windows from unauthorized entry. For full perimeter protection, you would use a wireless window sensor on every window or at least on every window on the first floor of your home. You would need to mount the wireless window sensor on the window frame at the bottom left or right of the window. You would then mount the wireless window sensor's magnet next to the wireless window sensor so that when the window is shut the sensor and magnet are aligned. If a criminal opens the window from the outside, the magnet would move away from the wireless window sensor and an alarm would be activated. However, if a criminal shattered the window pane and climbed through the window without opening it, the wireless window sensor would not trigger an alarm. Therefore, you should use some type of interior protection to act as a secondary line of defense. A wireless glass break detector in every room that contains a window would provide full interior protection. The glass break detector would activate an alarm as soon as it detects the frequency of broken glass. You can protect an unlimited number of windows with a single glass break detector as long as the windows are within range of the device. Most wireless glass break detectors like the Honeywell 5853, have a detection range of 25'. Unfortunately, if your windows are covered by heavy drapes, the noise from a window shattering would be dampened and the wireless glass break detector may not activate. Therefore, another type of interior protection can be used. A wireless motion detector can be used to protect against entry through a window as it will activate an alarm as soon as the intruder climbs into the house through the window.
For complete protection, you should use a mixture of perimeter and interior protection. That type of protection would include a window sensor installed on every window and a glass break detector or motion detector in every room. However, installing that many devices in your home can be expensive. Therefore, it is important to evaluate which windows are most likely to be used as a point of entry. Typically, an intruder would choose a window on the first floor that is accessible from an area that is somewhat hidden from view. Also, the window needs to have clear access from the outside if an intruder is going to try and climb through the window. Therefore, Alarm Grid recommends putting a window sensor on the most easily accessible windows and then using glass break detectors or motion detectors in other areas of the house in case the intruder chooses a window that is not protected by a window sensor.
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