If your cabin isn’t your primary residence, you should consider cabin security. Why? Case in point: the North Pond Hermit. For nearly 30 years, he lived a life of solitude in Central Maine. One of his many secrets to survival was breaking into seasonal cabins to steal food, propane, and books. Victimless crime? Maybe. Harmless? Hell no. It’s downright freaky to have your home broken into—vacation cabin or primary residence. No matter where your home away from home might be, here are five easy things you can do to keep the tweakers, thieves, and nosy neighbors out of your business.
1. Wireless trail camera
Trail cameras are fantastic for hunting, and they work incredibly well at keeping tabs on your place. We have a cabin in northwest Montana that’s entirely off the grid. Its roof is a magnet for old spruce trees, and I wanted something to inform me if a tree fell on it during the long winters. I installed a wireless trail camera that sends a photo to my cell phone daily. It’s got a 32GB memory card and an external solar-powered battery charger. The learning curve to set it up was a bit steep, but now it’s nice to have. I’m currently using a TACTACAM camera and their SOLAR PANEL.
2. Cut the grass
We don’t use the cabin as much as I’d like. But when we do go there, we keep the place looking nice. Rather than let the weeds take over, we mow and weed-eat, blow debris off the roof and make the area appear as if someone lives there all the time. These things aren’t just for aesthetics either. A few years ago, a massive forest fire burned within a quarter-mile of the place. A stray ember could have easily ignited duff on the roof or an overgrown patch of dead grass.
3. Keep it clean
A clean cabin on the outside is one way to keep the two-legged intruders away, and a clean cabin on the inside keeps the four-legged intruders out. The area around our cabin is a wild place. It’s full of skunks, foxes, deer, wolves, black and grizzly bears, and lions. But the only issues we’ve ever had were with the tiny variety—mice and pack rats. It’s an ongoing battle, but I think we’re holding our own. The five-gallon bucket mouse trap tally is in the triple digits, and I’ve used enough spray foam to choke a goat. Sweeping up any food after every visit helps, too.
4. Use solar powered led lights
Because we’re off the grid, we use solar LED lights to mark the outhouse, the outside deck, and the front porch. They are awesome. It takes a little away from the insane star-gazing, but it looks like someone is home at the cabin every night. They come on at dark and last until the wee hours of the morning.
5. Use it
The best way to keep your place secure is by simply being there. It’s rare that trespassers want to encounter those whose land on which they are trespassing. Go when you can, even if it’s for the day. Besides, a day at the cabin beats a day in town.