Tiny homes have experienced immense popularity in recent years, due primarily to peoples’ environmental and financial concerns, as well as the desire for more freedom and mobility. So, what are the advantages of owning and living in one?
Because tiny homes are part of a larger social movement in which people voluntarily downsize their living space, the benefits of living in these typically less than 1,000-square-foot spaces are endless, including:
- Paying a fraction of the price of owning a regular home
- Learning to live a life of simplicity and feeling uncluttered
- Having the freedom of moving your home virtually anywhere
In addition, you have the option of living an extremely environmentally-friendly lifestyle, and you’ll spend less money on upkeep, cleaning and redecorating.
But how can you ensure security while living tiny? Security for tiny homes is a valid concern, given that criminals can more easily break in and even steal the entire home unless proper precautions are taken. Here are five ways to secure your tiny home.
Get a Hitch, Wheel Lock
A simple yet effective way to protect your tiny home from theft is to get a hitch lock that covers the hitch, thereby preventing thieves from hooking your house to a vehicle and driving off with it. This is a fairly low-tech device and simple to use, but be sure to do some research and find a hitch lock that fits your home well. Another low-tech and low-cost option is to install wheel locks. You can simply install them to your trailer’s lug nuts and they will make it much more difficult for thieves to move your home without the right key.
Use GPS Tracking
Much like the phone-finding apps used to locate your phone if you lose or misplace it, there are similar GPS devices for your home as well. These devices, which cost between $100 and $500, can be hidden anywhere in your tiny home, so you’re able to track and locate your home should someone steal it. Hopefully, you’ll never have to utilize the device to retrieve a stolen home, but it’s a good safeguarding measure that will give you greater peace of mind.
Install Security Cameras
Another option for securing your home is to install a security camera system. If these cameras are spotted by potential thieves, it might very well deter them from trying to break in and enter. Moreover, since tiny houses don’t have the size to place security cameras up high, a vandal-proof security camera can be particularly important. Should they try to do so anyway, the cameras will capture useful footage to identify and locate the criminals. Another obvious method of security is to install an alarm that will make a loud noise or even contact the police in case of a robbery.
Pretend You’re Home
This method uses a bit of trickery as a means of security. Use a timer to turn on a light or TV to convince outsiders you’re home when you’re not. If thieves see lights or hear the TV on, they will more likely be dissuaded from breaking in.
Live in the Community
One final bit of advice involves your neighbors. Get to know your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye out for any unusual activity when you’re away for an extended period. Of course, extend the offer to do the same for them. Making use of the community you live in will make stronger barricades from any unwanted intruders.