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Cabin Security Tips

Cabin Security

As a community of cabin owners, we can help keep each other and our cabins safe from unwanted visitors and break-ins.



What can cabin owners do?

  1. Know your neighbors. The most effective form of security is having each others' backs. If you don't recognize someone, you might ask which cabin they are visiting. You've heard of neighborhood watch? Many of the same guidelines apply.

  2. Physical barriers. Some cabin owners have installed metal shutters over all windows when they are absent; however for some, it can be perceived of as a clue that nobody is home, for others, the barrier is enough to discourage break-ins.

  3. Tidy up. Don't let things look neglected. Can’t make it up to the cabin regularly to clear the driveway? Consider employing local help to rake leaves or walk the driveway every so often to keep it looking lived in.

  4. Got electricity? Leave an LED (or other energy-saving) lamp on so that even with blinds drawn, the place looks cozy and occupied.

What can cabin tracts do?

  1. Start an online group. Create a Facebook group or use an app like NextDoor. If your tract has internet, you can share information about visitors, advertise for help and more. Many check in with these groups when not at the cabin.

  2. Invite local law enforcement to visit the cabins. Help them get to know the area in case a call comes in.

  3. Get engaged with local community groups. Often these contacts lead to connections with fire departments, emergency services and other resources.

  4. Pay attention. Get to know your neighbor's habits, cars and what looks normal for other cabins in the area.

What kinds of signs and security systems are allowed?

  1. Check forest guidelines. Review your permit and supplemental guidelines. Often the Forest Service will allow a security sign somewhere, typically in a window. There are no restrictions on installing a camera inside the cabin pointed out, and in some cases, outside the cabin.

  2. Lots of remote options. Many out-of-the-box surveillance systems work with the internet, and some systems can be connected via satellite.

  3. No power? Consider a trap or wildlife camera. You won't receive immediate notification of a break-in, but may capture images you can share with law enforcement.

Would you like to learn more? Check out more cabin security documents.