Stolen tiny houses?! Unfortunately, this has happened several times. Good news. You can easily avoid this awful situation with the right preparation and tools.
The mobile nature of tiny houses makes them an easy pick for burglars. That’s why home security should be a top priority.
As nomadic tiny house dwellers, my boyfriend and I have parked in all kinds of weird places the past several years. For example, we have made city streets, warehouse yards, and truck stops.
One of our frequently asked questions is, “what do we do about security in your tiny home?” Fortunately, we have never had any issues, but we do take critical precautions.
The essentials in our tiny house security include basic protections like a code deadbolt for our front door. Due to the easily breakable single pane glass in our front door, we added plexiglass on the inside for added protection. But what else can you do to protect your tiny house?
From installing alarm systems to using hitch locks, keep reading for easy tips to improve your tiny home security.
7 Tiny Home Security Tools to Deter and Prevent Theft
1) Hitch lock
A hitch lock is trailer security 101. It prevents someone else from hitching up your tiny house on wheels and driving off with it. For our tiny house, we use the MegaHitch Vault.
2) Wheel Lock
Similarly to a traffic cop booting your car, a wheel lock immobilizes your trailer. Without the key, it cannot be easily be removed without some heavy welding equipment. Options are available on Amazon, hardware stores, and trailer supply shops.
Smart home monitoring systems provide a high-tech security tool to protect your tiny house. Recently, we tried the Honeywell Smart Home Security System. It’s an easy DIY all-in-one system with motion and sound sensors.
If any activity is detected in or outside our tiny house, it sends us alerts and images on our smartphones. Even though we have never been nervous about home security, but we appreciate the real-time monitoring of our most significant asset.
Downside: like many similar smart home systems, the Honeywell version requires consistent WiFi and power. If you are off the grid, look into a battery, and solar-powered video security cameras.
4) Block your hitch
A super low-tech way to deter theft is to simply make your hitch inaccessible by blocking it with your truck. If a thief can’t access your tiny house, he or she can’t tow it away!
5) “Smile You’re On Camera” Sign
Another super simple criminal deterrent is a home security sign of some kind. Basically, the goal is to make a crook feel like he or she could get caught at any moment. Moreover, you can use this with or without an actual smart home security system.
6) GPS tracking device
Heaven forbid, your tiny house RV ever gets stolen. A GPS tracking device can help you catch the crooks and recover your tiny.
There are many GPS trackers on the market for cars and RVs, both battery operated and solar-powered. From what we’ve seen, all of these devices work in tangent with a monitoring service. They cost anywhere between $100-300, plus a $15-25/month subscription.
A more extreme security precaution is to remove your tiny house trailer wheels. Of course, this is only plausible if you plan to stay put for an extended amount of time.
Just remember that 70% of the total weight of your tiny house and trailer is supposed to be on wheels. Therefore, this weight will need to be very carefully redistributed across the axles and entire frame, using jack stands or concrete blocks.
Be sure to research the correct block placement technique!
As shown above, there are several easy security measures you can employ to keep your tiny home safe. Do you have other ideas? Let us know in the comments.
My partner, Christian and I are DIY tiny house dwellers and the cofounders of Tiny House Expedition. Together we’ve been on the road for three years and have traveled over 50,000 miles across North America—humbly, the world’s most traveled tiny house on wheels! We share tiny house resources, create educational events and thought-provoking storytelling, including the educational docu-series, Living Tiny Legally. We live, breathe, dream the tiny home community every day. We are very grateful to be able to experience this inspiring movement in such an intimate way and to be able to share our exploration with all of you.
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