Tiny houses have been all the craze as of late. Who doesn’t want to live without house payments, in a house that’s movable, and oftentimes just as comfy and spacious? These tiny houses have allowed many people to live lives centered around travel and an ultra-form of practicality. But there’s two sides to every coin. Tiny houses don’t come without their share of problems. Namely theft and home security issues.
If you’ve assumed the logic that tiny houses can’t be subject to being stolen simply because, “who would go through all of that trouble,” you are wrong. Tiny houses are as much target as cars, personal items, and anything else a burglar may want. (Granted it will be a bit more difficult for a burglar to get away with a tiny house, but if someone goes through all the trouble, they’re likely savvy enough to have a plan following the theft.)
The Tiny House is Still a Home
Just like a house that sits in a neighborhood, any place of dwelling that houses you and your belongings needs to be secured. Tiny houses, apartments, condos, and the like are not immune to break-ins.
Securing a tiny house will require some of the same home security measures as securing a home, but there will be some differences unique to the tiny house. Here’s what you need to know:
Deal with the Wheels
If a tiny house can’t be driven, it can’t be moved. Simple as that.
Figure out a game plan for the tiny house’s wheels. This could mean purchasing a hitch lock like you would for a trailer hitch, or wheel locks. You can also place the tiny house on blocks, a useful option because not only will the home not shake while you’re in it, but it’s much harder to steal a tiny house from its platform. You’ll also relieve tire pressure since the house is off of the ground.
An even better option? Just take the wheels off. Remove them and place them in a locked up storage unit so now your tiny house sits flat without shaking while you’re inside, and a savvy crook doesn’t have access to reattach the wheels.
Give the Appearance that You’re Home
Like you would in any other home, make potential burglars believe that you’re actually home. Burglars don’t want to mess with a house that isn’t empty.
Do this by using automated tools to time lights, televisions, radios, and other home items that would give the impression that somewhere is there to use them.
Use Your Neighbors
Neighbors are the best resource in any neighborhood to safeguard a home. They serve as the eyes and ears for your house while you’re away, and you can do the same for them.
When you choose the location to park your tiny house, make sure that there are people around it. Don’t choose to park it in a remote location with no access to other people. The less populated your area is, the more likely you’ll be the victim of a break-in or tiny house theft.
Talk to your neighbors to see if they want to create a neighborhood watch program or similar process. This will double the protection in your neighborhood.
If parking near a community isn’t an option, park the tiny house behind a fence or gate that’s locked. Do whatever you can to add some sort of barrier from you and intruders.
If all else fails, place large rocks or boulders in front of the home, and position the hitch in a way that it can’t be accessed without moving the home. The harder you make it to access the hitch, the better off you will be.
Advertise the Equipment
If your community decides to create a neighborhood watch, then advertise it! Place signs that let outsiders know what kind of security measures they’re dealing with. This includes placing signals that advertise for home security equipment, dogs, and anything else that will deter a criminal.
If you don’t have a dog or home security, that leads to our next suggestion…
Be Properly Equipped
Get a home security system! Thanks to modern technology, you can place a DIY home security kit in your home, as long as you have WiFi and connection to the internet, which can be done as long as you have a smartphone that can turn into a mobile hotspot.
We’ve written before about why home security is just as important for condos and apartments, and the same rings true for tiny houses. If you are unwilling to go the home security route, look into a dog. If you have a dog, then advertise that the pet protector is at the property.
Keep Track of the Home
Like the tracking technology that’s in your iPhone to keep tabs on it if you were ever to lose it, you can track the tiny house. Simply purchase a GPS locating tool and Voilà! You’re now equipped with a device that will let you know where your device is at all times, whether it’s stolen or you simply forgot where it was that you parked it.
It’s All About the Basics
With a tiny house, it’s important to remember that it’s all about the basics. Protect it the way you would protect any home. Lock it up, get home security, install deadbolt and bump proof locks, don’t leave doors or windows open. Any basic security measure that you’ve used for your home still applies in the tiny house.
Remember: If you can move the tiny house, so can a burglar.