There is a common misconception that manufactured homes are more difficult to secure than regular homes. This is a baseless insinuation that is not true in the slightest. Buy a manufactured home and your living space will prove quite secure. However, there are some things you can do to improve the security of your manufactured home.
Secure the Doors
More than one-third of all burglars enter through the front door. If you are even slightly suspicious your front door is flawed or insecure in any way, it is in your interest to inspect and upgrade it right away. Consider the condition of the deadbolt. If the deadbolt is not reliable, do not hesitate to replace it.
Take a look at the striker plate as well. Such plates typically have mounting screws. However, these screws cannot withstand considerable force. Such screws can be dislodged if they loosen. Replace these short or worn screws with longer screws and you really will enhance your door security. Furthermore, it might make sense to add smart locks so you do not need keys at all. Opt for a smart lock and you will be able to unlock your door with a mere fingerprint or code.
Let There be Light
The small stuff of manufactured home security matters a great deal. Trim the bushes and hedges with regularity so there is less space for a burglar to hide. It will also help to properly illuminate the area around your manufactured home so thieves are seen with ease.
Consider the Garage Door’s Security
If your manufactured home has a garage door, review its condition. Thieves zero in on garage doors as they are relatively easy to open. Aside from upgrading your garage door opener to a more secure version, you can also enhance garage safety by covering its windows, preventing would-be burglars from seeing inside. Finally, consider adding high-quality locks for additional security.
Reassess Your Home Security System
If you wait long enough, your home security system will eventually prove ineffective. Do not wait for your home security system to fail. Be proactive, replace the outdated system with an improved version featuring window alarms along with cameras and your manufactured home will be well-protected. Our manufactured housing experts at the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association are more than willing to help you pinpoint the perfect home security system for your living space.
Security cameras are not strictly for traditional homes and businesses. Your manufactured home is just as worthy of surveillance cameras as any other property. Ideally, these cameras will be positioned throughout the property, from the front door to the back door, the sides of the home, and even the garage.
Position the cameras up high so thieves are less likely to see and damage them. Ideally, the cameras will feature motion detection so they can pick up on motion. Once motion is detected, the cameras will notify you and/or continue to follow the person in motion across your property.
Be Mindful of the Windows
Windows and doors have the potential to warp from water or heat. Such warping makes it easier for them to be breached. If your manufactured home’s doors or windows do not fit tightly into the frames, replace or repair them. This reinforcement will also reduce your utility bills to boot.
If your manufactured home has any sliding windows, add dowel rods for more security. Such rods stop the windows from sliding open along the exterior of the unit.
Alabama Manufactured Housing Association
If you are looking for a manufactured home, our team is here to help. We can also make some additional suggestions to boost your manufactured home’s security and durability. Reach out to us today at 334-244-7828 to learn more about manufactured homes. If you prefer to reach us on the web, simply fill out our online contact form and we will be in touch.