When times are tough, and they often are, some folks turn to burglary and theft to supplement their incomes. And one place that is particularly vunerable to burglary are camps and cottages. That is why cottage security is important.
Everyone who has a cottage has at one time or another either experienced the grief caused by thieves, which often includes a mess to clean up in addition to the loss of valuables like outboard motors, chain saws and other items that can be sold for cash.
These days home security systems abound, CCTV, or installing a surveillance camera in locations around your property are all possible. However, you can also protect what you own without having to sell it all to buy a security system. Here are some relatively inexpensive security ideas you can do at the cottage.
10 Tips For Cottage Security
With that in mind, here are 10 Tips For Cottage Security. These are some common sense things that you can do to help prevent theft.
1) Don’t scrimp on padlocks. In terms of cottage security, make sure you have quality deadbolts on all your doors and high quality padlocks and hasps where applicable. Locks aren’t foolproof, but they do slow up a break-in and they may convince the would be burglar to go elsewhere for easier pickings. You should be able to buy a very strong padlock for under $25.00.
2) When you leave your camp ensure all the window curtains are closed, including those in your boathouse and garden shed. Thieves are not as quick to break in if they don’t know what is inside. In other words, they don’t want what they cannot see.
3) Lock your outboard motor to your boat, using a chain and padlock as well as a Transom Lock Again, this won’t stop a truly determined thief, (they just cut the transom out of the boat) but having a preponderance of locks will discourage all but the most ardent of thieves. Make sure you remove portable gas tanks from boats.
4) Ensure all your valuables are out of sight when you are not at the cottage. Items like expensive cameras, laptops, etc will probably go home with you, but if they don’t, put them under the couch or somewhere else, just don’t leave them out in the open.
5)Motion Detector Lights that are mounted out of reach are an excellent security feature. The light coming on may also alert a nearby neighbor that there is a prowler….don’t ya just love that…a “prowler”….You should have motion lights pointed at usual entry points and anywhere that you consider a likely spot for a crook to attempt to break in. Thieves don’t care for cameras and lights.
6) Patio doors, frequently a weak spot in the security, should have something laid in the track to prevent the door from being forced open. I find a piece of shaft from a hockey stick fits perfectly in the track. The same holds true for sliding windows.
7) If your cottage has a foundation with windows, installingWindow Guard
security bars over the windows will ensure they are not a source of entry into your cottage.
8) Letting a trusted neighbor know your contact phone number and an idea of when you will not be at the cottage is always a good idea. People who live in the country are usually quite in tune with what is going on around them and can keep an eye on your place.
9) Larger items like boats, boat trailers, utility trailers should be locked. You can use a hitch Coupler Lock or fasten the trailer to a large tree with a chain and padlock. Boat trailers are expensive and frequently stolen with or without the boat.
10) Don’t leave keys to boats, ATV’s padlocks etc in a place where they can be easily seen or stolen by someone who does get into your camp. Thieves have been known to take impressions of keys using wax, returning later to steal the item with a newly minted key. In addition, should someone succeed in breaking into your cottage, if keys to other buildings, boats etc are out of sight, it will slow them up, and possibly prevent them from being stolen.