Posted on: 1 August 2016
Your home may be tiny, but it can still be big on security. Wondering what you need to secure your tiny home? Here are five tips to explore and consider:
1. Add door and window locks
When you live in a tiny home, everything in the home has been carefully selected to meet a need of yours. In some cases, those are material needs, but they also include aesthetic needs, intellectual needs, entertainment and sentimental needs. Because of everything in your home is so important, you need to ensure your home is protected. Have a locksmith add locks to the door and windows of your tiny home.
2. Lock the trailer in place
If your tiny home is on a trailer, locking the door isn't necessarily enough to deter thieves. You also have to eliminate the threat that someone may just hook your trailer up to their truck and steal your entire home. To prevent that, add a lock to the hitch of your trailer or locks to its wheels.
3. Chain the trailer to the ground
To deter very motivated thieves, you may also want to chain the trailer supporting your tiny house to the ground. To do that, you need to sink a metal ring or eyelet screw into some cement on your property. Then, you need to run a heavy duty chain through that ring and through part of your trailer. Finally, use a padlock to lock everything together. With this set up, no one can steal your tiny home without a concrete saw, a lot of time and a lot of effort.
4. Invest in motion-activated lights
When someone approaches your home, lights flashing on can often scare them away. Motion activated security lights are perfect for this occasion. If your tiny home is energy neutral, you can even use solar-powered motion activated lights to keep in line with your vision of sustainability.
5. Secure generators, fuel and other equipment
A 2003 study of crime indicated that crime was rising in rural areas throughout Australia. At that time, thieves and vandals were likely to steal or destroy a number of things on rural property. However, theft of tools and machinery accounted for over 40 percent of rural thefts, while theft of fuel accounted for 30 percent of all incidents. That is an important reminder to keep these items locked up - don't be reassured by the idea of remoteness, as those areas are not immune to theft. Ideally, you should store fuel in a locked shed, and you should chain your generator to an eyebolt in concrete as described above.