STATEWIDE – Winter is in full swing, and for the next few months many of Maine’s summer camps will sit locked up and unused. That doesn’t mean they’ll be safe from intruders.
Right now our lakes and ponds are frozen over, looking quite different than they did just a few short months ago. Many of the camps placed near them sit unused. A welcoming invite for those looking to break in.
“The old days, it used to be televisions, microwaves, radios, those types of things that could be pawned quickly,” said Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane. “But now, most of the time, they’re looking at jewelry and things that are much more valuable.”
Kane says they usually don’t start hearing reports of stolen items until the spring and summer, when owners return.
“It’s usually a string, you know if you find one, you’ll find that there’s several in that area,” said Kane.
According to him, there’s a couple things you can do as preventative measures.
“What I recommend is take the most valuable items and bring them home with you and not at your camp,” said Kane. “I would talk to my neighbors and say, you know if I don’t have to be here will you check my camp, and I’ll do the same for you, those type things.
Cameras could also be a useful purchase for camp owners.
“There’s some very inexpensive security systems that are out there now,” said Kane. “You can go to your local big box store and look around. You can go to a safety specialist and have somebody look at something. And I mean you can bring it up on your phone, your iPad, all those types of things. So yeah, an inexpensive system like that is great”
Kane also says that if you realize your camp has been broken in to, try not to touch or move anything so that officers can investigate the incident.