RCMP are encouraging people to take extra precautions when locking up their cottages for the winter.
Over 300 break-ins at seasonal properties were reported last year.
Police say generally thieves are looking for items they can easily carry and sell such as TVs, electronics, alcohol and guns.
RCMP say you can make your cabin less inviting by installing proper lighting, closing the curtains and installing deadbolts on doors and windows.
They also suggest placing a gate across the driveway, installing security cameras and checking in on the property on a regular basis throughout the year.
Of course, removing any valuables is the best way to prevent them from being stolen.
Here are a few things you can do to make thieves less attracted to your property;
On the inside:
· Remove valuables
· Secure all windows and doors with extra deadbolts and devices to make them difficult to open
· Close curtains
· Photograph interior and make a list of items and serial numbers
On the outside:
· If possible, ensure adequate lighting is present
· Place a gate across your driveway
· Check on the property on a regular basis or ask a neighbour for help.
· Secure outbuildings
· Avoid storing any items of value in sheds or barns
· Install trail cameras in a location pointing towards the cottage or cabin in order to
capture images of suspects, suspect vehicles and license plates.
· Avoid storing vehicles and their keys at a cottage or camp – this includes ATV’s
· When possible, attempt to make your property visible from the road by clearing brush
RCMP encourages you to have a contact person in the area where you have your camp or cottage. Most communities have residents who more than willing to help people by keeping a watchful eye on their property. Ensure it’s someone you trust and you can provide a key for their access to check on your property. Also ensure they have a contact telephone number for you.