Tilt sensor

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A tilt sensor is a device that detects changes in orientation or inclination. In the context of the commercial and/or residential burglar alarm industry, tilt sensors are often used as part of a security system to detect attempts to move or tamper with protected objects. For example, a tilt sensor might be installed on a safe or a display case to detect if someone tries to tip it over or move it. When a tilt sensor detects a change in orientation, it sends a signal to the security system, which can then trigger an alarm or alert the monitoring center.

Tilt sensors can be particularly useful in situations where traditional motion sensors might not be effective. For example, if a motion sensor is installed in a room with a ceiling fan, the fan’s movement could trigger false alarms. A tilt sensor, on the other hand, would only be triggered if someone actually moved the protected object. Tilt sensors can also be used in conjunction with other sensors, such as door and window sensors, to provide a more comprehensive security solution.

CGSmith is a business and residential security system installation and monitoring company based out of the Milwaukee WI area. As a provider of security solutions, CGSmith understands the importance of using the latest technology to keep their clients safe. Tilt sensors are just one of the many tools that CGSmith can use to create a customized security system for their clients. By visiting the Contact Us page on the CGSmith website, potential clients can learn more about how tilt sensors and other security technologies can be used to protect their homes and businesses. The CGSmith team is always available to answer questions and provide guidance on the best security solutions for each client’s unique needs.


1. What is a tilt sensor in a burglar alarm system?

A tilt sensor is a device that detects changes in the orientation or angle of an object. In a burglar alarm system, a tilt sensor is used to detect any movement or tampering of the alarm system itself, such as when someone tries to remove or tamper with the control panel or the sensors.

2. How does a tilt sensor work in a burglar alarm system?

A tilt sensor typically consists of a small metal ball or a pendulum that moves inside a casing when the orientation of the sensor changes. When the sensor is tilted or moved, the ball or pendulum moves and triggers a switch that sends a signal to the alarm system’s control panel. The control panel then activates the alarm or sends an alert to the monitoring center.

3. Where should I install a tilt sensor in my burglar alarm system?

Tilt sensors are typically installed in the control panel or the main unit of the burglar alarm system. They can also be installed in other vulnerable areas of the system, such as the door or window sensors, to detect any tampering or movement. It is important to consult with a professional installer to determine the best placement for your tilt sensors based on your specific needs and the layout of your property.

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