IN CASES OF AN EMERGENCY OR A CRIME THAT IS IN PROGRESS, PLEASE CONTACT THE O.P.P. BY DIALING 911
TO REPORT AN INCIDENT AND/OR PROVIDE INFORMATION, CALL THE OPP AT 1-888-310-1122.
Temagami Cottage Watch (CW) is a police supported (not run) initiative that is delivered by local volunteers. Cottage break and enters, damage and theft are serious concerns impacting cottagers, cottagers’ association, police and insurance companies.
Community Roles and Responsibilities
The primary objective of the Cottage Watch program is to build communities of cottagers willing to protect each others' interests. It is a community based crime prevention program that is organized and operated by concerned residents. All participants are encouraged to:
There are three main aspects involved in Cottage Watch:
1. Property identification – ensuring that there is a way that your property can be easily identified. Non-peel stickers or personal engravings and pictures of these items in your possession are some examples.
2. Cottagers reporting suspicious events - One of the hardest things for Watch volunteers to learn is to trust their instincts. If it looks suspicious don‘t hesitate, call the 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”, and let them take it from there.
3. Getting the Word out there – It is extremely important to get the word out there.
The more people that know about the program, the more people are likely to get involved. This will aid the police department in determining when the incident may have occurred, in turn narrowing down the suspect list. Getting the word out there may also deter the criminals that are conducting the break and enters from doing so.
While Cottage Watch can increase community safety, it does not advocate citizen patrols or vigilantism. Police are still responsible for confronting suspicious individuals and making any necessary arrests.
Whether you‘re calling to report a crime in progress or just something that arouses your suspicion, remember the following Do‘s and Don‘ts:
Why Does Cottage Watch Work?