The OPP have some cottage closing tips for the public this fall.

It’s the time of the year when many people start closing their cottages for the winter and the OPP are reminding you a little effort now can save you a hard time later. Cottages, and seasonal homes, are often targeted by thieves after Thanksgiving and through the winter until the Victoria Day long weekend.

Some tips the OPP have for avoiding becoming a target include:

-Pack up all food and alcohol then remove it

-Do not leave firearms or weapons in the building

-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 ALL your valuables with you – electronics, personal items, tools etc

-Check around your property for objects that could be used to break into your property and eliminate them as options for would be thieves

-Ask a permanent resident to check in on your property and provide them with your contact information

-Winterize any vehicles left on the property and ensure they are covered, locked and the keys are hidden

-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.

(Written by: Austin Ling)