It was a dark, rainy night. The air was filled with fog, and if you were driving on the highway, you could barely see 100 feet in front of you. The fog was almost palpable.
This is not the start to a crime novel, this is literally the start of my night tonight. I received an anonymous tip to the probable location of our Stolen Tiny House, along with a photo of irrefragable evidence. There it was – our house – on someone else’s driveway, like it belonged to them.
I won’t share all the fun details, as I don’t know how much is prudent to share, but I will say this – the Bexar County Sheriff’s department is a bunch of badasses that get the job DONE. It was a terrifying and exhilarating process at the same time, but it’s done now, and our house is safely in an impound lot, waiting to be towed to wherever we choose next – not back to its initial location, for sure. OUR HOUSE IS RECOVERED! And still in almost the exact same condition it was, when it was taken!
The other relatively important piece of information is that the window unit A/C and breaker box I purchased – both were in the cabin on our land (which was also broken into) were both sitting on the porch of our Tiny House when I identified it at the crime scene. This means it’s very unlikely that the house was actually in Dripping Springs (while still a small possibility) – but more likely that it was transported directly from Spring Branch to South San Antonio.
People are, on the whole, very good and kind
The outpouring of kindness I’ve received during this stressful time has completely blindsided me. I’ve had a rough past three years, and I just didn’t expect people to be as good as they absolutely are. I’ve received comments through Facebook, my blog contact, Instagram, and email, with words of encouragement and support. People telling me to not give up, and keep up the hunt. People telling me that they were rooting for me during my Tiny House build and were just as devastated as I was to learn that it was stolen. People who just plain cared that my wife and I had a dream of ours torn away from us.
I wrote in my previous blog post about how upset I was with the “Tiny House Community”. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past week, it’s that I wasn’t upset with the “Tiny House Community” – I was upset with the people involved with Tiny Houses that I had dealt with. That is not a very large number, and is not at all indicative of the Tiny House Community as a whole. If everyone who contacted me represents a portion of the Tiny House Community, then they are almost across the board a supportive, caring, kind group of individuals. I just wish I had become part of this group sooner! (Only joined Facebook 2 weeks ago.)
I cannot possibly come up with enough words to convey my gratitude to the enormous number of people who said kind things to us, empathized with us, and even contributed to us during this time. I am eternally grateful to you, and I want all of you to know that when you have questions about your own Tiny House builds, I’m here to help!
An Obligatory Note on Tiny House Security
I’ll be completely honest – I didn’t even know that a hitch lock was a “thing” before our house was stolen. I only researched them after the house was gone. I am now WELL aware of multiple forms of security that I hope ALL tiny housers will implement on their own Tiny House builds.
Mega Hitch Lock – Coupler Vault
If a thief can break through this thing – you probably have your Tiny House filled to the brim with Gold Bricks. This is by far the beefiest hitch lock I can find to purchase, and it’s $99. That is definitely worth it in my book, for the added peace of mind.
I will definitely be buying one of these for our trailer, because not only does it deter theft – it just looks totally badass. Badass looks + massive theft deterrence = WIN.
You can buy the Coupler Vault by clicking its image.
Trimax Trailer Wheel Lock Boot Clamp
At least one of these, in combination with a good hitch lock should deter just about any thief from trying to hitch up your house and ride away with it. We’ll probably be keeping our Tiny House in storage in the very immediate future, but as soon as it goes out somewhere public again, I’ll likely be adding one of these puppies to it.
You can buy the Trimax Trailer Wheel Lock Boot Clamp by clicking the image above.
You People Rock
Again, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. The negativity I’ve dealt with so much has really been kicked to the curb with all of the kindness you’ve provided. This site is all about me sharing my Tiny House (and other) journey, and it wouldn’t be the same without you. I’m grateful for you, and I hope you can feel it.