Burglar Alarms for a caravan

Submitted: Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 21:19
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Does anybody use or can they recommend one ?

I am thinking of leaving my van in a caravan park in WA and flying home for a couple of weeks. I would feel much better with an alarm in the van.

The alternative would be to put our valuables into storage while we were away.

Thanks,

Willie.
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Reply By: Searenity - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 19:52

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 19:52
Hi Willie,
thinking outside the square have you considered the security apps that are available for smartphones. If you have an old smartphone you can have the smartphone monitor movement in the van and send you an eMail or SMS or both when it detects movement in the van. With a conventional alarm system this may be a complex and costly process.

Just a thought.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 20:26

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 20:26
Hi Searenity,

That is a great idea. I have an old smartphone and a charge plug near the door.

I just downloaded the app and it worked perfectly. It sent me an SMS within a couple of seconds.

Thanks a lot,

Willie
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Reply By: Pedantic - Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 19:54

Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 19:54
Hi Willie
We have small rural property about 60 km north of Perth and you are welcome to park the van there for as long as you like if you wish to save the park fees.
Can plug into power if you wish as the van could be parked alongside the shed out of sight of the road. Property is pretty secure, we have been there about 8 years and have not had any problems as there is a permanent neighbour living next door.
Cheers
Michael
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Follow Up By: Willie - Monday, Mar 03, 2014 at 08:03

Monday, Mar 03, 2014 at 08:03
G'day Michael,
That is a very kind offer and I will take you up on it if we are not too far North. I will send you a message tomorrow and get some contact details.
Thanks a lot,
Willie.
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 22:57

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 22:57
A cranky Doberman will 'Alarm' most Burglers LOL

John
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 00:35

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 00:35
No good John. She's flying home with me !
Willie.
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Reply By: Pixellator - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 02:37

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 02:37
Late one night, a burglar broke into a Bushtracker that he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the entry door but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud voice say: "Jesus is watching you!"

Silence returned to the Bushtracker, so the burglar crept forward again. "Jesus is watching you," the voice boomed again.

The burglar stopped dead again. He was frightened. Frantically,he looked all around. Over by the shoe locker, he spotted a bird cage and in the cage was a parrot.

He asked the parrot, "Was that you who said Jesus is watching me?"

"Yes", said the parrot.

The burglar breathed a sigh of relief, then asked the parrot, "What's your name?"

"Moses," said the bird.

"That's a dumb name for a parrot", sneered the burglar. "What idiot named you Moses?"

The parrot replied, "The same idiot who named the Rottweiler Jesus."
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Reply By: Wombles - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 05:00

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 05:00
Hi
We have an alarm which we had installed by Sound in Motion when we bought our van. Strong winds can cause enough movement in the caravan to set off the alarm. We left our van for a few days in a caravan park while we flew to Hobart from Canberra and got a call after a few hours to say the alarm kept going off. Luckily we'd left keys etc with family who were able to go and turn it off. Since then we've hardly used the alarm.

cheers
Robert & Cherryl
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 06:18

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 06:18
I guess then, the best idea would be to convert the alarm to a simple reed switch on the door.
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Reply By: MattandLana - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 05:30

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 05:30
We also have the SiM alarm. Haven't used the van much in the year or so we've had it, but we did notice that with the siren installed in the fridge enclosure (RHS), it was very quiet from the living side (LHS). You can faintly hear a car alarm going off somewhere, but it certainly doesn't sound like it's this van right here. So quiet, in fact, that with moderate background noise, an inattentive burglar may not even realise he or she has set it off! No doubt the siren can be better located - it's on the 'things to do" list.

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