OPP wants your home to be as safe as possible when you’re away during the summer.
The force says with people traveling with the warmer weather, thieves can target empty homes looking to steal items. They offer a number of tips to keep your valuables and properties safe if you are going away for the summer.
OPP says to not announce vacation plans on social media. They say sometimes this could be advertising your absence to would-be thieves. They also say to arrange for someone to maintain your home so it looks occupied. The trusted person could cut grass, pick up mail, and place garbage on the curb. They say to ask trusted neighbors to keep an eye on your property, and leave them with your contact information in case of an emergency. They say use timers to turn lights and television on and off, leave the shades and blinds how they usually are, and ask a neighbor to park in your driveway to make it look occupied.
Catherine Yarmel of the Killaloe OPP says these would be good rules to follow for both home and the cottage. She says to make sure all the locks on doors and windows are functioning, and take valuables to a security deposit box.