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WINTER COTTAGE TIPS

With the new season, cottages become a target again.  Please make sure to have all out buildings locked and secured.  All cottage doors and windows should be securely locked and pull drapes to block view of contents.  Install outdoor lights with motion detectors to alert neighbours and ward off intruders.  Ensure your membership is up to date and your contact information is correct.


 WINTER TIPS for everyone to remember for safety at Long Point

Ice Fishing:  Use reflective tape and number your huts.

Outdoor Activities:  Take a cell phone with you (and a compass  - make sure you know how to use it).  Tell someone how long you expect to be away and give someone a time you should be back.  Tell them where you are planning to go.


TIPS  

When to Call Police

 One of the hardest things for Watch members to learn is to trust their instincts.   If it looks suspicious — don‘t hesitate — call police.   Some people fear that raising a false alarm will reflect poorly on them.   Not so.   It‘s okay to inform police about something that  “looks a bit fishy” – call and let them take it from there. 


 Life Threatening Emergency or Crime in Progress

Call  911

Non Emergency

Call 1-888-310-1122 


Look at the other side of the coin — how would you feel if you didn‘t call to report your suspicions, and, as a result, failed to prevent a criminal act in your neighbourhood? How would you feel if a neighbour failed to prevent a criminal act on your property? 

Even when a crime has already been committed, some people are still reluctant to inform the police.   Maybe they think it‘s not worth the hassle to report some graffiti or a stolen snow blower.   Maybe they‘re too embarrassed to admit that they lost money to a disappearing driveway paving salesman or a smooth-talking telemarketer.   But these are exactly the sorts of crime that your neighbours and the OPP should be made aware of.   Residents can state that they don‘t want police to visit their home as a result of the call.   If you don‘t want to call the police, then at least inform your Cottage Watch Coordinator.  If people are informed about crimes being committed in their neighbourhoods, they become more vigilant and are less likely to be victimized. 


Typical criminal activities that may occur in your neighbourhood include: 

§  break and entry into homes, motor vehicles, garages and sheds

§  vandalism or destruction of property

§  public disturbances

§  family violence

§  child abuse

§  fraud

§  physical or sexual assaults

§  illicit drug transactions

§  thefts of all kinds, including outdoor equipment and bicycles.   

One of the better accomplishments of Cottage Watch has been the elimination of vandalism and rowdiness within well-operated Watch areas.

Make sure that we have your contact numbers in case we need to get in touch.


Be a “Cottage Watcher”  sign up now!!