On September 30, 2016 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated four break and enters to cottages and outbuildings located in the 1000 – 1200 block of Haviland Shores Drive and one in the 1200 block of Marlette Drive.
These break-in’s occurred between September 28 – 30, 2016. Cottages were entered by kicking in doors or breaking windows. Once inside suspects caused damage to the interior furniture. An Emerson 42 inch TV and a black and decker cordless drill were stolen from one cottage.
Cottages and summer homes are most vulnerable to thieves and subject to damage or vandalism in the off-season especially if no one living at it or checking it regularly in the fall, winter or spring.
If you own a cottage or other rural seasonal property OPP advise the following:
Secure your windows and doors.
Designate a year-round contact or key-holder for: alarms, thefts, weather damage or animal problems
Close window curtains or blinds.
Leave no valuables at the cottage (electronics, personal items, tools) unless you’re prepared to lose them. Lock up sporting goods that you decide must stay year-round (fishing rods & equipment, water skis, toys).
Record the serial numbers of anything of value left behind. Marking your valuables with a drivers’ license # can help deter a thief or aid in property recovery.
If you are leaving vehicles, make sure they’re winterized, secure and disabled – for snow machines remove track and hide keys; ensure boats are covered and locked; outboard motors locked and slightly disassembled; ATVs disabled – leave nothing on trailers unless it is locked or disabled.
Remove all food, and anything that may attract animals. Pack up and take home all alcohol.
Don’t leave firearms or weapons at the cottage.
Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for these crimes should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.