Cottage safety and winter preparation

Helal Chowdhury
The vivid fall colours are nature’s reminder that cottage season is coming to an end for another year. Many cottage owners will soon begin closing up their seasonal homes in preparation for winter.

Every year, the RCMP responds to numerous reports of break and enters at cottages and cabins through the winter months. Break and enters at seasonal properties are often crimes of opportunity due to their isolated locations. This increases the odds of criminal activity not being noticed. The Nova Scotia RCMP is offering some tips to keep your cottage safe:

Remove all valuables from your cottage (including firearms);
Lock / secure all doors and windows;
Ensure all windows are covered by closing curtains or blinds;
Ensure all out buildings (e.g., garage or shed) are secured. Remove valuables;
Don’t leave tools and items outside that could be used to break into your cottage. This includes ladders;
Ensure that your cottage is visited on a regular basis. Consider using a trail camera;
Ensure your property is well lit, with motion sensors and timers on lights;
Install an alarm system with a local contact person if you don’t live nearby.
“The more difficult you make it for thieves to access to your property, the better.” says Cpl. Chris Marshall of the Nova Scotia RCMP.

The RCMP will often check with neighbours if a break-in occurs in an area. We encourage community members to call to report suspicious activity and help to reduce property crime. Taking note of details such as a vehicle description, a license plate number, or a description of a driver can be a big help and lead to the recovery of stolen property and charges against those responsible.

Nova Scotia RCMP can be contacted anywhere in the province by calling 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at, or use the P3 Tips App.

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