OPP offers advice for the safety of cottages and seasonal homes in Frontenac Sud
As the days get darker and colder, many who have cottages and seasonal homes close them down for the winter – a period that has historically seen these properties targeted by thieves.
For this reason, the South Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds owners of seasonal cottages or homes that their seasonal properties are “most valuable to thieves during the winter months.”
In order to help these owners during the rainy season and / or the closure of their seasonal properties, the OPP offers the following advice:
- Use quality locks on windows, doors and sheds and make sure they are in good repair before you leave for the season.
- Close the curtains and blinds on the windows and raise the shutters.
- Remove all food and alcohol.
- Put away small things like water sports equipment and propane tanks.
- Take your valuables with you – electronics, personal items and tools.
- Remove all firearms or weapons.
- Turn off the Wi-Fi.
- Consider keeping a radio on a chat station rather than music.
- Try to give your property a lived-in look with timer lamps and exterior lights with motion sensors.
- Get to know your neighbors who have permanent homes in the area and ask if they are checking the property and keep them up to date if you plan to have a contractor serviced.
- Look around and remove any items that could be used to break into your property.
- Consider a home security system or surveillance camera installed at access points outside the residence.
- Make sure contact information (key holder) is available for alarms, theft and water damage.
- If motorized vehicles remain on the property, make sure they are locked in a shed or building, covered, battery removed, and keys taken with you.
- Installing large reflective numbers on your home and / or garage makes it easier for police and other emergency services to identify your home in an emergency.
“Being proactive in the safety and security of your property is always time well spent,” the OPP said in a press release on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.