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Old 11-06-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Burglar Alarms

I've not seen any discussion of burglar alarms, used on campers/trailers. Seems like a good idea when camping and storing. It doesn't seem to be an accessory when buying new? Anyone care to make a suggestion on what to use?
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #2
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Alarm? Hmmmm, I would venture to guess that the reason manufactures don't offer it as a option is that the majority of rv's, trailers, boats, etc are stored in storage facility's that are not located where people would actually hear a alarm. Of course someone might, but most likely a alarm would go unnoticed the majority of the time.


As far as in a camping situation I guess I camp in areas where I feel pretty safe. I do use a hitch lock, but if I needed more I personally wouldn't camp there.

I do think a service like, Lojack would be great for rv's, trailers, boats. But I think the owner could actually have that type of service installed if wanted. I have it in my truck so I can't see where it couldn't be installed in my trailer.

Hitch lock's, chock locks, are a great deterrent but , someone who really wants what you have locked up is gonna try and get it despite a lock.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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Harbor Freight sells an inexpensive alarm and it also has a remote.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=Robin G;429948
Hitch lock's, chock locks, are a great deterrent but , someone who really wants what you have locked up is gonna try and get it despite a lock. [/QUOTE]

If someone really wants to steal something they will find a way. One of the nice things about our little trailers is that they stand out which in itself is a bit of deterrent to someone considering stealing one. Yes we have had reports of a few trailers stolen in my six years here (most often from storage facilities away from residents) but its sure not a common occurrence and probable far lower than the average car theft numbers in any given area.

I am with Robin, I just would not stay camping in an area that I felt unsafe in or felt I had to have an alarm for security reasons. Can only think of one such spot I stopped at once while on a road trip and the simple fix of the problem was to just keep moving on to another location.

Most newer vehicles have key fobs with panic buttons on the back of them. Keep it within reach of your bed at night if you feel you need to have some sort of alarm system. Hitting the panic button and having the car horn go off steadly is a great way of getting the attention of anyone camping within hearing distance
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I have a magnetic door alarm on mine. I only turn it on when camping and I'm going to be away from the trailer for most of the day. In the small space, it will really hurt when it goes off. But, alas, if someone wants something, they're going to get it anyway. (at least other nearby campers will look if it goes off.)
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Those of us that have spent many years camping in a tent before purchasing a trailer don't worry much about things happening in camp. Most thefts of trail or contents happen when the trailer is either in a storage lot or at a residence. There are a few exceptions when stuff is left outside and camped in large heavily used campgrounds.
The best protection when camping is getting to know your neighbors.
In fact that's one of the neat things about camping is the people you meet.
Car alarms usually are ignored and similar trailer alarms would also be ignored. False alarms are the norm rather than the unusual, therefore alarms are NOT very effective.
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Car alarms usually are ignored and similar trailer alarms would also be ignored. False alarms are the norm rather than the unusual, therefore alarms are NOT very effective.
Just what I was thinking Byron. I assume a car alarm is a false alarm from someone inadvertently pushing the wrong button. I never think I should stop what I'm doing and go see who's breaking into someone's car.
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I have a magnetic door alarm on mine. I only turn it on when camping and I'm going to be away from the trailer for most of the day. In the small space, it will really hurt when it goes off. But, alas, if someone wants something, they're going to get it anyway. (at least other nearby campers will look if it goes off.)
Yes, only the burglar needs to be annoyed by it if it is loud and he only needs to think that someone might be able to hear it or can see him. It might bother him enough to leave.
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Yes, only the burglar needs to be annoyed by it if it is loud and he only needs to think that someone might be able to hear it or can see him. It might bother him enough to leave.
If you talk to security people all the alarm does make the burglar work a bit faster.
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If you talk to security people all the alarm does make the burglar work a bit faster.
I am sure there are people who don't lock their house or car either. Criminals can get in anyway.
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I never lock the Poop Fly. I have had my glove box searched a couple of times. I know this because the contents of the glove box were on the passenger seat. But nothing has been stolen.
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