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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 19:03

Make your cottage safe for the winter

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            The Kawartha Lakes detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have some suggestions for property owners, including cottagers, to consider when tidying their properties or cleaning up the yard this fall.

            Cottages and seasonal homes have been historically victim to property crimes when left unattended for periods of time. However, break, enter and thefts can

occur during daytime hours when the occupants are at work or school.

            So they suggest that all residents consider the following tips to make their properties less susceptible to crime:

• Close and lock all doors and windows—including your garage door;

• Exterior doors should be solid core and equipped with dead-bolt locks;

• Don’t hide keys outside your residence;

• Trim shrubs and trees to eliminate hiding places;

• Outside lights should illuminate all entry points;

• Use an engraver or other permanent means to mark identifiers on valuable items;

• Keep a record of important serial numbers;

• Keep large amounts of cash or jewelry in bank or safety deposit box;

• Consider installing a security system, or if you have one, make sure it’s working and use it.

            Seasonal residents should consider the following additional tips:

• Keep properties maintained so they look occupied;

• Have someone check on the property when you’re away.

            Be sure you report all incidents of theft, attempt break and enters and actual break and enters—and suspicious vehicles and persons—no matter how insignificant they seem. Call the OPP at 888-310-1122.

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