Experience Temagami
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Friday 29th of May 2015


Municipality of Temagami

 
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Temagami is the reality that fuels the popular perception of Canada's great Northland, with old growth pine forests; smooth blue waters; brilliantly white, powdery snow; and bountiful fish and wildlife. 

Temagami is steeped in history. Some of the world's oldest rock has surfaced here, and has been scraped and smoothed by centuries of glaciation. Artifacts and stone drawings dating as far back 6000 B.C. have been discovered here. Grey Owl, the mysterious naturalist who captured the world's imagination back in the 1930s, has become a part of the Temagami landscape. Over the centuries, people have been drawn to the area as if by a magnet. Temagami is truly a place of mystical magic, an adventurer's mecca.

Temagami has been a renowned centre for outdoor & wilderness recreation for over 100 years. 

Temagami Cottage Watch

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Cottage Watch

IN CASES OF AN EMERGENCY OR A CRIME THAT IS IN PROGRESS, PLEASE CONTACT THE O.P.P. BY DIALING 911

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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:

  • Become more aware of criminal activities which have or, might occur in the area
  • Be alert to suspicious persons or vehicles
  • Provide useful information to police to assist with solving property related crimes
  • Be assertive of their right to enjoy their leisure activities in a safe and secure environment which is free from crime

 

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:

  • Do identify yourself as a Cottage Watch member;
  • Do be prepared to describe the persons, vehicles or circumstances as fully as possible;
  • Do ask for an incident number when reporting an actual incident.  This will facilitate a follow-up inquiry at a later date;
  • Do record the time and date of your call;
  • Do keep the suspects and incident under surveillance from a safe distance until police arrive when the incident is in progress;
  • Do make a second call if the activity gets worse;
  • DON’T ATTEMPT APPREHENSION OR PURSUIT
  • DON’T ATTEMPT TO CONFIRM YOUR SUSPICIONS by approaching a home or vehicle where a crime may have taken place, or may still be in progress. Go immediately to a safe distance, call 911 and wait for the police. If you approach the scene of a crime, you may encounter a dangerous criminal, or destroy useful evidence. For example, Police Canine Unit tracking dogs will track suspects and your attendance may contaminate the scene making tracking difficult.

Why Does Cottage Watch Work?

  • Reduces incidents of theft, damage and break-ins
  • Increases ownership of the problem by stakeholders
  • Creates a team environment -a key to any successful program
  • Assists the OPP in crime detection and prevention
  • Identifies property for easy recognition and recovery
  • Creates a safe living environment and reduces fear of victimization