Michigan State Police Offer Tips to Protect Seasonal Homes - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Michigan State Police Offer Tips to Protect Seasonal Homes

Posted: Updated:

Seasonal homes are prevalent throughout Northern Michigan and can sometimes attract thieves.

The Otsego County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in at a seasonal home in Bagley Township, where a gun, electronics, and other items are missing.

Aside from keeping your doors and windows locked, a Michigan State Police trooper says his biggest piece of advice is to make your home appear to be lived in.

He says to ask a reliable neighbor to park in your driveway, or at least leave tire tracks in the snow.

If there's a lot of snow, he says to have it plowed and to not leave mailboxes full.

Some other recommendations include: using motion lights, putting a radio on a timer, installing an alarm system, keeping your shrubs trimmed and grass mowed, plowing and shoveling snow.

Michigan State Police also advise not leaving any guns at your seasonal home, when you're away for extended periods of time.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Drug Teams Arrest Two on Drug Charges in Missaukee County

    Drug Teams Arrest Two on Drug Charges in Missaukee County

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:17:27 GMT
    Investigators found a 4-year-old child living in a Missaukee County home where they suspect meth was being made.
    Investigators found a 4-year-old child living in a Missaukee County home where they suspect meth was being made.
  • Amazing Northern Michigan Homes: Empire Peninsula Home

    Amazing Northern Michigan Homes: Empire Peninsula Home

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:00:24 GMT
    If you're looking for a home that brings you back to nature, this is it. This custom designed home has 360 degree water views, nearly every window looks out directly into beautiful, spring-fed Pearl Lake in Empire.
    If you're looking for a home that brings you back to nature, this is it. This custom designed home has 360 degree water views, nearly every window looks out directly into beautiful, spring-fed Pearl Lake in Empire.
  • No Swimming Advised at Benzie County Beach

    No Swimming Advised at Benzie County Beach

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:00:46 GMT
    The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department says beach goers should not swim at Beulah Beach on Crystal Lake.
    The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department says beach goers should not swim at Beulah Beach on Crystal Lake.