How To Protect Your Cabin With “Off The Grid” Home Security
Securing your cabin can be a difficult task – especially if you’re “off the grid” and don’t have the easy luxury of electricity and an “alarm system”. But, there are some common sense steps to follow and a couple tricks of the trade, that’ll help secure your property in the off season.
If you’re in the position of not having purchased your cabin or land yet, you might begin by considering the security conundrum right off the top. Location, location, location is imperative here, and if you can avoid purchasing a piece of property that is overly exposed to the public and main thorough fair traffic than you’re definitely ahead of the game. Private access roads and secured gating are both pluses.
If you’re building your cabin from scratch think about limiting expensive building materials. You might also go for the “shabby chic” cabin look over designing with lush curtains and fancy, expensive furniture- these tend to be indicators of more wealth inside. If you must have such luxury items at least store them away as best as possible when you’re away – or take them home!
Think about security as you’re building your cabin and build the home in a way that intruders won’t be able to get in.
When you leave for the season, make sure you seal up everything. Try putting boards or barriers on your doors and windows. Go as “fortress” like as you see fit- esthetics won’t matter so much when you’re not at home! Intruders generally go for path of least resistance- so don’t give them any opportunity to think yours will be an easy steal. If you’re not intending to board up your windows, at the very least put up some dark blinds and close them before you go. You don’t want your valuables to be visible.
You can also install heavy duty dead-bolts on all doors and use lock-bars on sliding doors.
Never leave alcohol in your cabin. Much of the trespassing population tend to be young kids looking for a “cheap” or for that matter a “free” good time. Some people even put up signs: “No Alcohol on the Premises”, as a deterrent for the cheap thrill type of vandals.
Never leave firearms on the premises. If you have to, then make sure they are trigger locked and kept in a locked gun cabinet.
If you can, hire someone over the off season to keep your lawn mowed, plants and flowers watered, the driveways plowed and sidewalks shoveled – anything and everything to give the appearance of a constant presence.
Although you may not be capable of installing a full alarm system if your cabin is “off the grid”, you can try trip-wire systems. With such systems you can trigger a sound device to go off, or rig it so objects fall with a crashing sound. Yes, it’s sort of a seemingly archaic alarm system, but you have to work with what you got. And you’d be surprised at what’ll work. Some systems will allow you to trip-wire to a battery operated alarm system or camera monitors that you can see from home!
If you’re looking for protection and safety while you’re at the cabin, a dog with a good strong bark is a good idea. Not only will they protect the fort, but you’ll have their canine companionship to boot!
One last hint: remember that not all intruders are human. Thrill seeking teenagers are one problem, but rats, mice and bugs are a whole other ball game. The best way to avoid rodents is to ensure that there isn’t a scrap of food in the house when you leave. Foods also have the potential to attract wintering insects as well, so take it all – sugar, flour and every measly scrap you find.
Be smart and thorough in securing your cabin for the off season and you’ll have much less of a problem with intruders of all kinds!