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October 9, 2020

5 Tiny House Safety Tips

Tiny home safety and security concerns are top frequently asked questions. It involves many aspects like safe towing and the ideal parking spot.

Of course, you’ve probably considered typical house safety measures like installing a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector. Have you considered specific tiny house security measures?  In this article, we’ll look at how to protect your home on wheels from theft and how to ensure you and your valuables are secure.

smart home security system

smart home security system

Tiny Home Technology

Modern technology allows for several options for tiny home security. The most obvious would be to install a reliable alarm monitoring system. When installing it, consider the best solution for your needs. Additionally, if you’re moving around or in a remote location, self-monitoring may be the best option. This can be done with live alarm apps via your mobile phone or the web, which allows you to view the status and even disarm it remotely.

Lights, Cameras, Action

What’s a simple way to deter intruders? Installing security lights with motion sensors is easy and effective. Look for the best spots for these that avoid disturbing any neighbors. On the flip side, remember that larger animals or wildlife may also set these off if you’re in a remote location. Or pets in backyards! For instance, our neighbor’s cat turns our motion sensor light regularly.

Solar-powered motion detector light

Security cameras are the best option for keeping an eye on your house. Located in strategic spots, you will be able to view your home live through a real-time video feed, or have the opportunity to be alerted only when motion is detected by your tiny house. When opting for security cameras, it’s advisable to hang a sign that the whole area is monitored this way.

Tiny Home Tracking

A GPS tracking device will allow you to locate and recover your tiny home in the unfortunate event that it’s stolen. Technology allows several options for tracking your house by installing a GPS or alternate device. Tracing your home can then be done via a mobile app, or online sites, much like the ‘find my phone’ functionality for mobile devices.

It’s vital to install the tracking device in a well-hidden place within your house so that it cannot be removed or easily disabled. It’s also essential to consider whether it needs to be powered up at all times and if it must be connected to a satellite or mobile network to be fully functional. 

Tiny House Security Basics

If technology isn’t for you, if you’re off the grid, or your budget is more modest, you do still have security options available for your tiny home.  Going back to basics with secure locks for doors and windows is your best option. Opt for deadlocks that cannot be turned without the key or secure your doors with ‘pick-proof’ ones and add latches to windows.

An important consideration when adding locks and latches for your tiny home safety is to give a spare set of keys to a friend or family member in case of an emergency. You should also have an evacuation plan to ensure you can safely exit or tow away your tiny home (if you have enough warning), in case of an emergency like a fire or hurricane.

Community Awareness

A community of like-minded tiny home or RV owners offers an ideal forum to share advice and learn about the pitfalls of being this unique kind of homeowner.  It’s advisable to spread the word on local community groups or platforms in the event of a stolen, damaged, or vandalized house. Being part of a tiny home community could help you recover yours if it’s stolen or get you the information that may lead to its recovery.

What it takes to feel safe in your tiny home varies based on many people of color’s lived experience. Check out this resource guide promoting inclusion and equity within the tiny living movement, including links to community groups.

Sensible Tiny Home Safety

In conclusion, best practice is to take practical steps to ensure your tiny home safety and security as you would have done with any other property.  The freedom of ‘living on wheels,’ being able to move around, plus the joys of downsizing and enjoying an experiential lifestyle should never cloud your common sense.

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