When it comes to door/window contact sensors used in business security systems, the most common mistake we see is either overuse or underuse of these devices. Sometimes we see a contact sensor installed on every door and window regardless of location – which likely increased the installation cost without adding additional security benefit. Other times, we see doors and windows that are easily accessible from the outside missing a contact sensor, making the business vulnerable to potential intrusion attempts.
When we are designing business security systems, we sometimes get pushback from clients about whether they really need motion sensors in addition to door/window contacts. At other times, we get pushback from our clients’ architect who asks us: “Do we really need a motion sensor in that spot? Can you move it to a more hidden location?”
Modern electronic glass break sensors are smart devices that are highly effective at detecting a breaking glass window. But the truth is glass break sensors can be tricky in a business security alarm system. High-pitched noises from outside can cause false alarms. Furthermore, some glass window types don’t shatter in a way that can be picked up reliably by these sensors.
When a business is temporarily closed or is rarely visited, it’s even more critical to make sure your business security and fire systems are working properly. Here are the top seven tips on how to optimize your business security and fire systems to keep your business assets protected — even when you are stuck at home.