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Closing Up the Cottage for the Winter

Cottages and seasonal homes are most vulnerable to thieves from just after Thanksgiving to the weeks prior to Victoria Day, especially if you are not using them for fall, winter or spring getaways. The OPP has some crime prevention tips for cottage owners as you close up and winterizing the cottage:
Pack up all food and alcohol and remove from the cottage.
Do not leave firearms or weapons at the cottage.
Trim trees and shrubs so that doors and windows are visible from the roadway.
Secure your windows and doors; close window curtains or blinds and put up shutters.
Take valuables, electronics, personal items, tools etc., with you.
Check around your property for objects that could be used to break into your property and eliminate them as options for would be thieves.
Ensure that contact (key holder) information is made known for alarms, thefts, weather damage. Ask a permanent resident to check in on your property and provide them with your contact information.
Winterize any vehicles such as boats and all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s). Ensure they are covered, locked and the keys are hidden. For motorized snow machines, you can remove the track and hide the keys.
Consider using motion sensors to light up the exterior of the cottage.
Get to know your neighbours, know who is a stranger and who belongs there and contact the Police if you see someone who appears suspicious.
Consider an alarm system and leave your contact information with your alarm company

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