One of the more common questions that we are asked is, "How do you keep your tiny home secure?" Well, let’s discuss secure for a moment. Given enough time and remote enough location, any tiny house out there can be stolen. But there are precautions that you can take and tiny house security systems that you can install. Here is how to make it as tough as possible for thieves to steal your home and your possessions and make it as easy as possible to recover your home should they succeed.
Let’s face it: if thieves can’t move the home, they certainly aren’t going to be able to take it with them. Take the tires right off of the house. Now be smart about it and lock them up somewhere off site. The first place the thieves are going to look for tires is the immediate area. If you have a smaller trailer with a removable tongue, take it off and take it with you.
There are many products designed for locking up your trailer. You can simply run a heavy duty chain through the wheels. There are wheel locks that you can buy that resemble the boots that towing company’s use. There are hitch locks that you can buy to prevent people from towing it away. However, just take a scroll of youtube and you are bombarded with videos of people out-maneuvering those same systems. We recommend using a hitch lock from Proven Industries. Their locks are superior to just about anything else on the market and can’t be easily broken. Take a look at this video to see how they stand up versus the competition. [embed]https://youtu.be/NMu_GnNnnBE[/embed] We’ve been so impressed with their locks that we now offer them for your trailer as an add-on to your trailer purchase here.
The good thing about doors and windows on tiny houses is that they are better quality than RVs and even mobile homes. This makes breaking in a tougher task right from the beginning. Securing your door with a good door lock is essential to tiny house security. Deadbolt, bump-proof locks from companies like Kwikset are a must have for your tiny home. Just make sure that you don’t install anything that would hinder you from getting out of the house in case of an emergency.
There are all kinds of security systems out there on the market. Thanks to the technology available today you can easily get a web-based camera system as well. There are even GPS locator systems that will, just like if you lose your phone, locate your home if it is moved. SPOT Trace’s Anti-Theft device monitors its location via satellite and its location is sent directly to your phone or computer. The one thing you have working for you is that in the event that someone steals your house, because of the newness of this industry, the story is way more newsworthy than if someone steals your bicycle. Just ask Casey Friday, who had his tiny house stolen and because the fact that the national news picked it up, two weeks and a phone call later, the house was found. What do you use / plan to use to secure your Tiny House? Let us know in the comments below.
Published on 9/8/2021. Published in Tiny House Research.