Property crime has plummeted. Not only are fewer people committing a crime, but fewer crimes have been committed since 1990. This is an amazing credit to our society since people have become poorer and the population has exploded, which are typically indicators of higher crime rates.
That being said. Your tiny house isn’t nailed down, which means it’s liable to theft, something you may not think about since traditional homes are little harder to lift off the foundation. There are a few ways you can make your investment in tiny living a little more secure, from reducing your visibility as a target for theft, to securing your home with technology, or just simple lights.
Are You a Target?
Do you live in the middle of a city, with a large backyard that you have abandoned one too many times while on vacation? Do you show off all your expensive stuff on social media?
If yes, you may be making yourself into a target and advertising to thieves.
Unlocked door or windows are a great way to get robbed. A window air conditioning unit might as well be a wide-open window. And things like telling a “sketchy” relative or family friend about your valuables could make you a target. Did you tell your kleptomaniac neighbor about the flat screen in your tiny house?
These might sound like super obvious things, but having a real lock on the tiny home may not have been something that you prioritized when building it.
If you’ve already got the basics covered, going high tech could be more your speed. Who’d think there’d be a security camera or motion sensor light on a tiny house?
Certainly not the illuminated thief in the night. It can also be an answer to “target” issues that may be unavoidable. One reason people may be targeted for theft is that they are not home all day. This is semi-unavoidable for many of the working class, but having a “smart-home” that raises the curtains and flicks on lights could make your home less of a target for thieves.
Back to Basics
Going back to basics is a great place to start if you aren’t ready to install smart home tech in your tiny house. Something as basic as a outdoor lighting will help you avoid being targeted by thieves. A deadbolt instead of a regular door lock or a dog to bark at strange noises outdoors shouldn’t be undervalued. If your tiny house has tires, car anti-theft devices, like a boot or tire lock, can make it slightly harder to steal. Small changes can make a big difference when preventing theft since thieves will normally go after the easy target.
Fight Back or Hide?
What would you do if your tiny house was broken into while you are in it? Are you a jiu-jitsu master, or are you just like me — ready to hide under the bed, hoping that they will rob you and leave, and you can make it back with your homeowner’s insurance?
If you are one of those super awesome jiu-jitsu masters or don’t have the space to hide, because you’ve fully utilized every space in your tiny home, in all 50 states you can defend yourself. So if it comes down to it, you do not have to worry about the legal repercussions of throwing a punch back. The real hope is that you will not have to deal with home invaders, which you can avoid with a light and locked door that should keep them out.
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Crime is down. You probably won’t get your tiny house stolen. But there are a few basic ways you can keep it around a little longer. By locking your doors, windows, and wheels, you can prevent someone from getting in or taking it out. Lights are a hugely underrated improvement. Keep your tiny house your tiny house and lock it up.