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Security alarm options for glass door or windows?

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Security alarm options for glass door or windows?

Howdy,

Someone in the family recently had an attempted break-in at her apartment while she was there sleeping. The intruder was trying to using the sliding glass patio door to gain entry. Owner is of course very frightened now, and looking for some type of simple alarm. Not a full-fledged alarm system. We wondered if there was something that can mount on the glass door and monitor for vibration or something, and alert from that.

Any suggestions?
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rcit wrote: Howdy,

Someone in the family recently had an attempted break-in at her apartment while she was there sleeping. The intruder was trying to using the sliding glass patio door to gain entry. Owner is of course very frightened now, and looking for some type of simple alarm. Not a full-fledged alarm system. We wondered if there was something that can mount on the glass door and monitor for vibration or something, and alert from that.

Any suggestions?
why not use the actual locking device that found on these doors?
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Supahhh wrote: why not use the actual locking device that found on these doors?
Of course we are. A lock and an alarm are two different things entirely.
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Yes you can buy glass-break or shock sensors/alarms.

There seem to be more options available in the US. Some of the shock sensors can be prone to false alarms.

Here's an article: https://www.cspalarms.ca/blog/security- ... d-to-know/

But more important than alarms is to secure the patio door. Prevention is always much better than an alarm.
Use a blocking bar, and install screws in the upper track to prevent the door from being lifted out of its track.

A very old article from Washington Post (1980): https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/ ... 14f4c6097/
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Also if there is a light fixture outside the patio door install a camera, or motion activated light. I have a ring video doorbell that sends me an alert if there is motion outside my front door, this is good if you are sleeping because the notification on the phone will wake you up depending how loud you have it set. Also with the Ring you can customize the motion zone so you only get notified of movement in a specific area.

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