Keep Your Cottage Safe For The Winter. Tips To Secure Your Property.

As summer winds down, and cottage season comes to an end, many people return to their homes with hopes that their cottage is safe and secure during the winter months. Many break and enters are committed as a crime of opportunity and often, criminals see a vacant cottage as an easy target. Listed below are some helpful tips to prevent your cottage from becoming a target of a crime.

• Remove all valuables from your cottage or at least from plain view

• Secure all windows and doors and ensure that they are locked

• Close all curtains and drapes

• If possible, ensure that you cottage is visited on a regular basis

• Consider forming a cottage watch program with other cottage owners and take turns checking on each other’ cottages throughout the winter

• Provide you contact information to a friend or known acquaintance who resides in the area all year round and can update you should something occur

• If possible, ensure adequate lighting is present. Consider using motion sensors or timers for outside lights

• Ensure all out buildings such as garages & sheds are secured

• Don’t leave materials or items such as tools outside that could be used to assist in breaking into your cottage

• Install an alarm system and provide the alarm company with a contact name and number of someone who lives nearby

• Prior to leaving, take a walk around your property to identify any areas that could make it easy for a thief to break into such as a window or broken lock.