SSM OPP Investigate Break & Enters in Haviland Shores

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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.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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