Home security systems can be essential for protecting you, your family and your property, but what if you live on the road in a caravan? In that case, you may need to look at home security in a slightly different way. Here are some tips to guide you:
1. Don't buy a monitored security system.
Monitored security systems contact a monitoring station when the alarm is triggered. The monitoring station contacts the police or other first responders and dispatches them to your home. This works well if your home is stationtary. However, if you live in a caravan without a set address, a monitored system is not the right type for you and you should explore other options.
2. Invest in a camera.
Rather than buying a monitored system, invest in a motion-activated security camera. Ideally, you should mount the camera over the front door of your caravan or inside the caravan. If anyone tries to break in or gets inside of your caravan without permission, you have a visual record of them.
Then, you can turn the video over to the local police. In addition, you can give a copy of the video to the manager of the caravan park or campground where the break in occurred. They can use the images to create warning signs for other campers.
3. Use lights.
Security systems use a range of elements including motion detectors, alarms, cameras and other parts, and as a safety conscientious consumer, you have to figure out which elements you need and mix them together to make the perfect system.
In a caravan, one element you should definitely include is lighting. Install a motion-activated light outside your door. When someone approaches the door, they will be bathed in light, and as many thieves prefer to lurk in the shadows, the light may scare them away.
In addition, imagine you like to leave your caravan trailer in the campground while you drive your car to explore the nearby towns. To prevent an opportunistic thief from rifling through your caravan, leave the lights on so that it looks like someone is in there.
4. Change default locks to storage bins.
If your caravan has storage areas inside or out, you may fill those areas with expensive items, ranging from hiking shoes, to surfboards, to extra tents and other supplies. In some cases, the locks on these can be flimsy. Consider replacing them with stronger locks.
For more information and ideas, talk with a home security systems company about the system that will work best with your caravan.