Your home is where you keep your most prized possessions and share everyday joys with the ones you love. So, it’s only natural to want to protect it, regardless of its age, size and specifications. And, with the recent upswing in tiny home living, it’s just as important to address and tackle security concerns if you’re considering a new purchase.
Most tiny houses are portable and come on wheels, so owners have the advantage of moving whenever they desire. But with that perk also comes the risk of theft. If you’re looking into purchasing a tiny home and want to glean more about potential security options, read some tips we’ve gathered from the experts.
Exploring the tiny home movement
The tiny home movement is a social movement in which people wish to lead simpler lives in downsized living spaces. With tiny homes averaging between 100 and 400 square feet, this style of living also offers owners a plethora of benefits.
People are attracted to tiny homes for the option of greener and more affordable living, as well as the ability to travel more easily. For example, 68 percent of tiny home owners have no mortgage, as opposed to nearly 30 percent of all homeowners, allowing money to be spent on other passions. Plus, the popularity in tiny home living is evidenced by the surge in the movement’s popularity in recent years. However, one must be aware of the security threats that come with living in a tiny home, and know how to protect themselves.
Keep your tiny home safe
With the vast majority of tiny homes being on wheels, owners must take the proper steps to ensure their home does not get stolen, while protecting themselves from potential burglaries.
Investing in a hitch lock to cover your home’s hitch will deter thieves from attaching your home to their vehicle and taking off with it. Furthermore, wheel locks are a great, cost-effective way to stop theft as well. GPS devices for tiny homes are also a must. Much like the iPhone app “Find my iPhone,” consider investing in a GPS device (like those used for RVs) to protect your tiny home.
You could also consider putting your tiny home on blocks and hiding the wheels, which could help in preventing theft. Finally, a reliable security camera from a reputable company is key to protecting your home and monitoring any potential activity around your living space. Make sure you choose a security system that has night vision and weatherproof capabilities, and that is smartphone accessible.
Advice from the authorities
In addition to tiny-home-specific security measures, law enforcement officials suggest the following tips for protecting any home, large or small:
- Ensure your outdoor lighting shines brightly on your home’s entryway
- Keep windows and doors locked at all times, even when you’re home
- Use a deadbolt lock on your door
- Don’t hide your house key outside
- If you trust your neighbors, ask them to keep an eye on things when you’re away
- Make it look like you’re home, even when you’re gone, by keeping a light or radio/TV on
The first step in protecting your tiny home is education and preparation. By implementing these tips, you are more likely to avoid theft.
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