Should You Use Glassbreak Alarm Sensors?

It would be helpful to understand if/how/when you employ glassbreak alarm sensors in intrusion alarm designs.

A related topic is Glass Break Sensor Recommendation, where the OP asked for specific units, but the difference here is whether or not to use these sensors at all; and if so, how.

Below is general feedback we hear on this topic, feel free to add to or debate these:

Pros:

  • Glass breaks trigger alarms before an intruder has entered, offering advanced notification
  • Glass breaks can cover multiple window units, which makes them cheaper to deploy than window foil or accelerometer sensors.

Cons:

  • They aren't reliable. The variation in window types, sizes, and construction all lead to a poor expectations.
  • Most intrusion events don't happen when somebody breaks a window and climbs in, but through a kicked-in or jimmied door.

So: Do You Use Glassbreaks? Vote below:

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