By Kim AlleyPublished On: August 14, 20175.8 min read
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The growing home automation industry has been leaving homeowners impressed by new levels of convenience and security. Most of the attention in this field is focused on traditional, stationary houses, but there are plenty of ways to take advantage of smart home security options for your mobile home as well. With the following automated home gadgets, you can make your mobile home more secure, convenient and comfortable.
Today’s home surveillance cameras are better than their counterparts from decades ago. Many products store video footage on the cloud so you don’t have to worry about storage and you can view it at any time from anywhere.
Most security cameras also have a compatible app in which you can access a live video feed from your smartphone. You can get an alert about unusual activity and check it out immediately. Some cameras even have night vision features though those will cost a bit more.
I only know about SimpliSafe because I hear the ads for it on my favorite podcast, Crime Junkies. I figure if two crime junkies approve the product it must be pretty good. If you can find a coupon code you may be able to buy it at a discount straight from the SimpliSafe website. Otherwise, Amazon is probably your best bet for price and warranty.
Security lighting is one of the most popular smart home security options for your mobile home.
You can program modern security lights to turn on whenever they detect motion or they can be programmed to turn on and off to create the illusion that someone is home.
Many newer lighting systems come with a smartphone app so you can control them from anywhere. The wireless solar-powered LED lights have improved a lot over the last couple of years. We have a couple and I’m impressed with their brightness and sensor abilities. They don’t go on and off all the time like the older lights we had.
Windows are a security weakness. The fact that there are so many of them only compounds the problem. If you were to pay a traditional home security company to install sensors on every window on your mobile home it could cost quite a bit.
DIY window sensors are a great alternative. Something like these Doberman Window Alarms would be a great asset to any home security system. You simply attach them to the glass and if anyone moves the window an ear-piercing siren goes off.
These Doberman brand window sensors are on Amazon for $29.99 for four. The detect window vibration so any slight movement is going to create an obnoxious sound. Learn more about them on Amazon.
Another great option is security film for windows. Security film is designed to make it harder to break the glass, which gives you more time to react if there is an intruder. It also prevents the glass from shattering into sharp pieces, which can stop serious accidents.
Finally, we get to the doorbell cameras. Who knew these things would be so useful and popular? The millionaires on Shark Tank certainly didn’t. All of the ‘sharks’ passed on the invention but now it’s a multi-million dollar company with competitors like Google competing against them. Many crimes have been solved using footage from a doorbell camera. They help against porch pirates (the scum that steals packages off of porches). Some of the cameras are so good that they can record across the street.
The Ring video doorbell is the most popular brand on Amazon but you will likely need to keep the monthly service to get all its benefits. One reviewer on Amazon states that if you want to see who is at your door you only have a 4-5 second window to open the app on your phone before it becomes a ‘past event’ so if that’s an issue you may want to find a different brand.
Which Smart Home Security Option is Right for You?
If you’re like me you want security but you can’t really afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a fancy gadget that requires a monthly service fee. I’m also not the most tech-savvy person so I’d need help hooking up a complete video surveillance system. With that in mind, it looks like the window sensors are a good option to add security to your mobile home without paying a lot. What do you think?
This article was originally published on August 14, 2017, and updated on November 7, 2019.
Kim Alley has been a part of Mobile Home Living since 2017 and has written over 300 articles for the site.