Problems With ADT Glass Sensors

The glass sensors that operate as part of the ADT home security system work by detecting the vibration that's set off when glass is broken.

Sensor Failure

The sensors, which are installed by windows and glass doors, can pick up this vibration from up to 35 feet away.

The glass sensor could fail to communicate with the sensor control panel, which sets off the alert that glass has been broken in the house. This is especially dangerous, since an intruder can now enter undetected.

Broken Glass

If you happen to drop and break a heavy glass object within the range of the sensors, like a vase or a mirror, the ADT system will think someone has broken in because it's sensed the vibration of the breaking glass and sound the alarm.

Wrong Home

Someone who has an ADT system installed in their apartment could have their sensors triggered if a window or other glass item is broken in a nearby unit. This problem could also occur in a neighborhood where houses are situated very close together.

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Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.