For Immediate Release
O.P.P AGREE THAT “EVERY
LITTLE BIT HELPS” AS HALIBURTON COTTAGE KEEPER BUSINESS IS PROFILED
ON CHEX TV
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.
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.
Kimberly Coulter, videographer, with CHEX TV recently joined Mr. Munshaw on
a cottage watch inspection of his clients on
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
Butch (Garfield) Munshaw
Cottage Watch Services