Yesterday you might have heard about a tiny house on wheels being stolen from someone’s property.
Fortunately, Casey found the house last night. And I’m so happy that he did. But now I just don’t want anything like this to ever happen to you. I’ve been thinking, “what can we all learn from this?” And, “what did Casey learn from this that we should know?”
So I decided to put some information together for you to help protect your current or future tiny house on wheels from being stolen. This is all especially important if you leave the premises for long periods of time.
If you have any other tiny house security tips that I missed and that would be helpful to the rest of the community about protecting a trailered tiny home from potential thieves (or even break ins) then please tell us about it in the comments below.
10 Ways to Protect Your Tiny House on Wheels from Theft
Prevent Your Tiny House (Or Your Tiny House Trailer) From Getting Stolen!
Below are 10 ways to help prevent your tiny house (or trailer) from getting stolen and/or broken into. Please enjoy and re-share.
1. Get A Hitch Lock for Your Trailer Hitch
Order one of these Coupler Vaults by Megahitch. Check the sizes to make sure it matches with your trailer.
- Clearwater Industries Megahitch Trailer Hitch Coupler Vault in Silver (2″)
- Clearwater Industries Megahitch Trailer Hitch Coupler Vault in Silver (2 5/16″)
- Clearwater Industries Megahitch Trailer Hitch Coupler Vault in Yellow (2″)
- Clearwater Industries Megahitch Trailer Hitch Coupler Vault in Yellow (2 5/16″)
Another option is this Trimax UMAX100 Universal Coupler Lock that’s universal.
2. Get Wheel Locks for Your Trailer
This is just another simple step that creates yet another roadblock for any potential thief.
3. Put Your Tiny House Up On Blocks at Your Location
If it’s possible on your location, why not put your tiny house on blocks? Unless you really want to move around a lot, I think this is smart to do.
This is yet another hurdle for thieves to have to go through before successfully stealing it but there are even more benefits when putting your tiny house on wheels up on blocks:
- It takes long and you need to bring more tools to be able to steal it.
- It’s sturdier and doesn’t move around when you’re inside it (so it feels more like a foundation house).
- It releases pressure from your trailer’s tires because they’ll be off the ground.
4. Install Motion Sensor Floodlights Around the Tiny House
Motion sensor flood lights are a great way to make it feel as if there’s always someone watching and active on your property (even if you’re not home).
5. Get a Dog that Barks? Or an ‘Electronic Watchdog’
And even if you don’t have a dog that barks, you can consider getting one of these Electronic Watchdog Barking Dog Alarms:
6. Put Your Tiny House Someplace Where You Have Neighbors Nearby
Maybe you can even invite other tiny house people to come live on your property with you and everyone can help each other out and keep the place safe. At the very least, have your nearby neighbors keep an eye out for you while you’re gone. But why not go somewhere that’s relatively close to others? Or on a family property? If not, you can still use the other tips here to amp up your security.
7. Put In a Simple Security System
A security system with loud alarms that would also be able to call the police on your behalf is another smart and surefire way to protect your tiny home. Today there are pretty cool and affordable systems that would work really well in a tiny house.
Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security System
SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit
Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-A Wireless Home Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial
8. Get a Generic Alarm Sticker and Stake Sign(s)
9. Use Programmable Lights to go On/Off While You’re Away
Or use this plug-in corded motion sensor as creatively as you can imagine:
10. Use a FakeTV Burglar Deterrent to Make it Seem Like You’re Home
You can even put it on a timer. 🙂
Your Tiny House Security Tips
What other creative ways do you know of that would help to prevent a tiny house on wheels from being stolen and/or burglarized? Please share your ideas in the comments below. Thank you!
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