How to protect mobile home

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Old 10-07-15, 11:24 PM
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How to protect mobile home

We have a mobile home that is unoccupied 11 months of the year. It is located off a country road. Recently someone broke in with a rock through a bedroom window that faces away from the street. The neighbor directly across the road reported the break-in. They check on the property regularly and keep the grass mowed. It appears that little if anything was taken. We will not know for sure until we go back there in a couple of weeks. We had double dead bolts on both front and back doors, which probably made exiting the property with any loot more challenging.

Anyway, I am open for suggestions for an alarm for our mobile home. There is only electricity going to the home. What type of sensors should I use? How about a loud siren? Would be nice to communicate to someone if the alarm goes off, but we do not have phone service hooked up.

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Old 10-08-15, 03:24 AM
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Any of the standard systems with wireless contacts will do the trick. An external siren is probably a good idea, and if cell service is decent, a GSM communicator for monitoring, if you want it.

I wouldn't recommend an all-in-one unit like a Lynxr, Simon, etc; since those don't have the power to drive a nice loud external siren.
 
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Old 10-08-15, 07:27 AM
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You can use a wireless relay module and auxiliary power supply if you wanted to use an all-in-one Honeywell LYNX Touch (L5200 or L7000) system and still use wired sirens/strobes.
 
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Old 10-08-15, 01:36 PM
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Remember that alarm systems DO NOT prevent break-ins but only notify someone after the fact. Loud alarms will sometimes cause the burglar(s) to run when it goes off but because response times by law enforcement is generally more than ten minutes (often times measured in hours) the miscreants will usually do a "smash and grab" taking only what they can carry away in a few minutes. Unless your neighbors are armed and willing to use the arms (actually prohibited in some areas if human life is not at stake) the chances of actually recovering your stolen items is very low.

Now for the good news, the presence of an alarm OR the indication of an alarm (a prominent sign stating there is an alarm) will often scare the amateur burglar to leaving the place alone and moving to another home that appears to not have an alarm system.

I think alarm systems are a good idea but I never kid myself into thinking they offer any real protection against break ins. If someone really wants into my home I know they will find a way, alarms system or not.
 
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We decided not to install any alarm system at this time. Since there aren't any neighbors that are really close by to hear it.

We ended up securing plywood over the the windows that does not face the road from the inside. So the only visible window treatment you see thru these back windows will be plywood. Hopefully the criminals will move onto easier pickings.

The other windows that face the road were not covered with plywood. These windows are also much higher from the ground. Plus, lights on timers needs to be visible thru these windows for that live-in look.

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Old 11-14-15, 06:20 AM
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Signs of occupancy are good but we also leave sign outside. Maybe a nearby resident can drive up to the trailer a couple of times a week; fresh tire tracks. Even better if they can move something outside. Changing content in a trash can is good; different color trash bags even if they contain nothing but crumpled up paper.

Don't forget the patterns and the absence of patterns in a normal life. We usually get out of bed and go to bed about the same time every day. Lights get turned on when we get up and sometimes a few may on during the day. It starts getting dark, we turn on the lights and they stay on until we go to bed. Don't forget that a bathroom light might be on at any hour. A radio on a timer set to activate during normal waking hours adds another dimension. Particularly during morning and evening news.

It depends on how far you want to carry the illusion.

Ask the resident to not talk about what they are doing. Loose lips ...
 

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We decided not to install any alarm system at this time.
Good move. An alarm is worthless, in that case. Nothing is better than the double cylinder dead bolts. They have to exit the same way that they entered. Have you considered renting it, to someone?
 
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We did pick up some security warning labels for the windows from Lowes. The package included a security placard which we placed at the corner of the home.

We have a friend storing his Mustang in the carport, which he moves when it's time to fire up the engine and keep the battery charged.

We used several mechanical timers to turn lights on/off. Also got a digital timer that allows on/off cycle time down to one minute.

The road in front of the property isn't wide enough for cars to park, so no one should be sitting there to watch the lights go on and off unless they are parked on the property. People drive by every morning and evening, probably around the same time every day. They just see lights on or off. Not quite like in the big city where you can stake out a place. But just in case, the lights will be turned on and off many times each day, with one light set for short cycle times.

The only things that were taken were a cordless tool set, Shark vacuum cleaner, and all of the old prescription drugs. They looked everywhere, but at least they didn't ransack the place. We considered ourselves lucky. Always have worried that someone might break in during these past 4 years.

We suspect a distant relative, who has been in trouble with the law, is familiar with the place, and probably knows it is vacant. We really have no proof of this, just speculating.

Never considered renting the place out since that is where we stay when we visit, twice a year, like a vacation home. It is completely furnished, including food in the freezer.

Hope this hasn't been too much information.

Anyways, thanks to everybody.
 
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We used several mechanical timers to turn lights on/off.
Who is going to reset the timer as the sunset & sunrise change? Within a month, it won't be correct. That's what I don't like about timers.

If he took old Rx drugs, he was probably looking, for pain killers. Since he didn't have time to sort them, he grabbed everything. Was there a missing pillow case too?
 
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Hummm, don't recall any missing pillow cases.

Not concerned about resetting the timers for sunrise and sunset variations. We are creatures of habit. We generally get up and go to bed at about the same times. So the lights come on when we get up, and goes off when we go to bed.

Currently, the timers are set to come on between 5-6am. They come on again around 5pm. All lights are off between 12-1am. Other timers turn on lights for only short periods.

It does not matter when the sun sets. During the summer months, one may not turn the lights on until 8pm. But during the fall when we fall back to Std time, having the lights come on at 5pm would not be unusual. No one will notice that the lights are on at 5pm during the summer. Just using extra electricity. The key is that when it starts to get dark, the lights should be on.

The only setback would be if there was a power outage. Then someone will have to reset the timers to the correct time. Although the digital timer has battery backup and it knows when to reset the clock between DST and Std time.
 
 

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