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Heading out of town this weekend? Police offer up tips for securing your home

Police recommend taking these steps if you are planning a trip to the cottage, or a campground, or are exploring our beautiful province
A lake in the woods near Uniacke Estate Museum Park. (Meghan Groff/

Whether you are planning a quick trip to the cottage or a campground or are exploring our beautiful province, Halifax Regional Police is sharing some tips for securing your home while you are away:

  • Stay up to date with current COVID-19 provincial directives, especially travel restrictions and gathering limits. For the latest information, visit:
  • Inform a trusted neighbour, friend or family member that you will be away and ask that they keep an eye on your property. It’s also a good idea to leave your destination and contact information so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
  • Ensure your windows and doors are locked before you leave.     
  • Try to make it appear as though your home is still occupied while you’re away. For example, use a light timer and ask a neighbour to collect your newspaper.
  • Don’t announce your travel plans on your social networking sites. Also, sending updates while you’re away informs everyone that you’re not home.

Stay safe and enjoy your travels.



Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for
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