do I need an alarm?

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  1. CWH

    CWH Funster Life Member

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    I have a 1-year-old MH with Tracker but with no alarm fitted. Do I need to get one? If so, what should I expect to pay?
     
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    No idea about cost but I'd say yes. I thought all new vehicles came with alarms? ( you can tell age of vehicles I own)
    After what has been on here last few days I'd say alarm it and chain it to your house.
     
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  3. Jaws

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    Would not be without.. and I always go for the best out there.. Eddie Van Bits does a really good one backed up by a top notch service.

    It might not be cheap but what price peace of mind ? ( and it will reduce your insurance.. not by much but every little helps )

    And it is REAL easy to buy tracker blockers nowadays.. Will not post details or where from for obvious reasons but I will say you can get them for under £20.00
     
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    It's probably a requirement of your insurance, or your premium will go up, that's if they will cover you with a newish vehicle. If you say you have one and havn't, be prepared to not have cover.
     
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    Hi
    Yes same as above my Insurance Co wanted Cat 1 before Insuring my vans. Pete
     
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    No we haven't told our insurers that we have an alarm (I'd never risk giving insurance companies an opt-out!) however Grumps & Pete's posts above did make me phone them to check! They say they "don't set much store by alarms" and don't give any discount for it.
    Reading various posts on Fun it seems that OWNERS feel alarms are necessary - so I'd be interested to hear reasons for (I don't imagine there'd be any against) but also I'd like to know the expected price range - I've had a quote which seems rather high, as with anything to do with MHs, but I want to check I'm not about to be ripped off! (It's not only criminals that do this.....)
     
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  7. Judge Mental

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    waste of money IMO no one take any notice of a sounding alarm, just looked at as an annoyance. If not an insurance company stipulation why bother. As long as you have a Cat 1 immobiliser. cheap sleep safe window alarms and a safe does me. + £3 Scorpion alarm stickers on window from ebay:)
     
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    Our insurance also does not require an alarm. Lots of expensive vehicles like BMWs have alarms - and they get pinched. The thieves are just high tech these days. An alarm might deter an opportunist thief looking for a way to get home from the pub but are they going to choose a MH for that?

    But I would be happy to admit it is very much a personal thing, we used to live somewhere where we often didn't bother to lock the front door of the house, not sure I would do that where we live now but there are no doubt high crime areas where an alarm might be sensible, or at least give some peace of mind even it might be a little illusory.

    If you would feel better with an alarm - get one.
     
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    Needn't be that expensive, I think it was Brian (Hilldweller) who recommended this company(y), obviously you then need to facter in fitting the thing;)
     
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    Whether you have an alarm, tracker, wheel and steering clamps does not really matter.

    All you need to do is make yours more hassle to nick than the other guy's motorhome down the road. (y)
     
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    We have an alarm but probably more a placebo than anything....

    However each time I get insurance quotes the companies are more concerned with having a tracking device :eek:

    The only bit I don't get is that is AFTER the horse has bolted :confused:

    I agre with MikeD........ anything that makes yours MORE hassle than the next van is OK;)
     
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    Asked Caravan Guard to quote with and without an approved alarm - £20 less with an alarm

    Alarm would cost £300 minimum to fit..........

    I haven't bothered fitting an alarm but will get the cheap battery door alarms


    Edit - just bought 3 magnetic sensor alarms with remote from ebay £12.09 from China

    ........................
     
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    We have fitted an alarm.
    If they try to break into the MH, during the day or night, when it's on the drive and we're at home I'd be outside and trying to stop them when the alarm went off before they could remove anything from inside the vehicle or stop them reversing off the drive.
    If we were out they might pinch something, but I can't think of anything worth more than a few pounds that's permanently left in the MH, before anyone noticed but of such low value as to not be worth worrying about.
    If we were in bed at night on holiday and they broke in the alarm would certainly wake us and the dog and deter them from entering once the alarm went off.
    If they want to get in they will – it's the damage they do getting in that's the worry and if they know there's an alarm fitted they may look elsewhere and avoid your MH.
    We fitted a relatively cheap alarm, compared to Strikeback, and it does give peace of mind.
    But, and it's a big but, making sure your keys are virtually impossible to find by any thief is the best way to stop the theft of your Motorhome and that should be priority number one whether fitting an alarm or not.
    If they have your keys – they have your Motorhome.
     
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    Similar with motorcycle insurance. They are more worried that you have an alarm fitted than it be locked to something solid.

    bike alarms are a REAL waste of money.. So it goes off.. when was the last time you went outside when you hear an alarm going ?
    And they drain a bike battery in about 2 weeks if the bike is not used

    More that once I have heard an alarm going inside a white van.. Always take the number and dial plod straight away cos you can bet your life there is a stolen bike in there
     
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    We don't have an alarm on the van, although we take various other security measures when using it. I got the impression from our insurance company - Comfort - that there is a value threshold above which their underwriters insist on an alarm being fitted AND used.

    Fortunately, from our perspective, our van is below that value. Alarms can be a hassle for a variety of reasons - the faff of setting them correctly, depending on whether in the van or not; battery drain when vehicle not in use; false alarms; something else electronic to go wrong etc etc. We prefer to keep things simple - we're on holiday after all. ;)

    We do take care of the keys at home and make sure they are well hidden.

    Mike
     
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    If we were in bed at night on holiday and they broke in the alarm would certainly wake us and the dog and deter them from entering once the alarm went off.
    If they want to get in they will – it's the damage they do getting in that's the worry and if they know there's an alarm fitted they may look elsewhere and avoid your MH.
    We fitted a relatively cheap alarm, compared to Strikeback, and it does give peace of mind.
    But, and it's a big but, making sure your keys are virtually impossible to find by any thief is the best way to stop the theft of your Motorhome and that should be priority number one whether fitting an alarm or not.
    If they have your keys – they have your Motorhome.[/QUOTE]

    even with alarm on if sleeping in van they can still force a window easily, reach in and fish out goodies without opening a door and setting the alarm off. How may just leave jeans a (wallets) and bags in front of van...... cheap window alarms help
     
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    Some fantastic advice everybody, thank you.
    We're still uncertain - I think 'no', but Him Indoors is definitely a 'yes'! I'm re-posting here (should I just type "BUMP"???) to try to catch any poor Funsters that have been out working, or any lucky Funsters who've been out in the sun all day (we've had torrential rain all day). What do you think - do we need an alarm as well as immobiliser and Tracker, or is this a waste of money as Judgemental & others think?
    In case H.I. wins out, we had a good look at Eddie VanBitz' Strikeback (thanks Jaws) which looks awesome. Are there others that Funsters would recommend?
     
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    I have a tracker locate which is a monitored version that I pay a yearly subscription for do you think these blockers apply in my case
    Thks
     
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    You've not heard the the alarms from Eddie van bitz then. Can't fail to take notice and no false alarms:). Helps me sleep at night anyway. Worth every penny
     
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    I agree with many off the comments on here....we do not have an alarm fitted but do use window alarms with flashing leds ( cheap on fleabay ). One thing We do on occasion ( depending on where we are, if you know what I mean ) is we fit a webbing ratchet strap fastened between the two front doors....then no one can get in either door and if anyone is close enough to look in then it is a visual deterrent .....Mike and Les
     
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