RV BOV Alarm System
By Joseph Parish
It was bound to happen sooner or later. You have been diligently working pretty hard for many months in order to get an efficient BOV setup to use in the event of an emergency. You planned every detail and even incorporated them into your RV. It is likely that you have invested both a vast sum of money as well as many hours of your valuable time in your venture. All of a sudden you take your RV out for a Bug Out exercise and you are gone from it for the day and lo and behold when you arrive back at the RV you find it has been broken into or even worse its now been stolen.
You realize all too late that time to consider an alarm system should have been before you needed it and not after. With that in mind, letís talk alarm security now before itís actually necessity. It isnít necessary to locate and purchase an alarm system specifically designed for campers or RVís since you can readily use off the shelf units made for autos if you merely perform a few simple modifications.
The first change to consider will be to instruct the alarm system installer to place the security system activation LED light on the outside of the RV. This blinking light will serve to alert the would-be thieves that there is an alarm present in your RV. Often time this visual indicator can be a major deterrent to the burglar since the RV would represent too much of a challenge for him at this point. Thieves general seek out easy targets from which to steal from.
Secondly, make certain the installer wired the alarm system so that all of your RV lights flash in the event the alarm is triggered. Since you are talking about an area which is usually much larger then the average automobile you should have a vibration sensitive device installed that will activate the sound alarm if any of the glass is broken in either the windows or door.
Additional safety measures can be as simple as observing strangers within the area or being suspicious of someone who may be requesting to use your toilet facilities. Never announce your Bug out plans on social sites such as Facebook or myspace. Itís a lot easier then you might think for someone to find out your address and rob your home while you are away.
Gadgets tend to get a little credit in deterring burglars. Usually a loud TV or a radio often works better then an alarm system. No, it isnít necessary to leave your RV TV on when you are away from the camper but you can purchase a small device that makes the burglar think a TV is on. This device is called ďFake TVĒ and it simulates your TV as being on when you are gone. The unit works by recreating the light of a real television set so that the LED lights fill a room with thousands of possible shades of color thus simulating changes of the scenes, fading in and out and on screen motion. If a potential burglar looks at the RV from outside he is fooled into thinking someone is there. Burglars will generally avoid occupied RVs which makes this the perfect solution.
Another popular item is the RV security dog. This RV alarm system barks like a real dog. Known as ďThe Watch Dog AlarmĒ it plugs into your wall and requires no special installation. The unit produces a realistic sounding bark of a German Shepard when someone approaches your RV. It is fairly small and can sense intruders through walls, doors and glass. Its effective range is about 30 feet. Of interest with this alarm is that the closer the intruder gets the more frequent will the artificial dog bark.
I have merely touched the surface of the modifications that may be required to adapt an auto alarm system to use as an effective RV alarm. To obtain further knowledge and possible solutions be sure to contact a trusted alarm installer.
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