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O.P.P AGREE THAT “EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS” AS HALIBURTON COTTAGE KEEPER BUSINESS IS PROFILED ON CHEX TV

HALIBURTON, ONTARIO January 12, 2004   Ontario Provincial Police Sr. Cr. Mark McMaster concluded in his interview with CHEX TV Newswatch (aired January 9, 2004) that businesses, such as GSM Cottage Watch Services, help in the fight against crime in remote cottage areas throughout Haliburton.   The pioneering Haliburton business that provides off-season cottage security for Haliburton cottagers was profiled on Newswatch on CHEX TV on Friday January 9, 2004.   GSM Cottage Watch Services came into existence after Mr. Butch Munshaw experienced a break in at his own cottage and realized the need for a service that would monitor cottages during times when the cottages were left unattended. 

 GSM Cottage Watch Services visits clients’ cottages on a predetermined, often custom tailored, schedules to inspect for signs of break in, weather or animal damage and snow load.  “Each customer is different and we tailor our business to suit their needs, some clients live in the United States and some cottages are rented. So whether it means inspecting cottages between renters or being a local alarm contact, GSM cottage Watch Service is here to assist,”    comments Munshaw.   “The important thing to remember is, it is not only break-ins that can cause cottagers headaches. Water pipes freezing, downed trees and broken windows can all turn into a nightmare especially if they go undetected for a long period of time,” reminds Munshaw. 

 Mrs. Kimberly Coulter, videographer, with CHEX TV recently joined Mr. Munshaw on a cottage watch inspection of his clients on West Lake.   The inspection didn’t turn up signs of break-ins but they did discover that a tree downed by a beaver had fallen against the building.    Cottage Watch inspections are beneficial to cottages that are somewhat remote, especially those that have no permanent residences around them.  Coulter pointed out that there are 33, 000 properties in Haliburton County and only 15, 000 permanent residence, making cottages a target for thieves and the O.P.P agrees that Mr. Munshaw’s patrols help in their combat against cottage break-ins.

 CONTACT INFORMATION:
Butch (Garfield) Munshaw

GSM Cottage Watch Services

705-457-9445

www.haliburtoncottagewatch.com

 

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