Pierrefonds-Roxboro offers service to vacationers

Public Security will surveil homes during holidays

By Kevin Woodhouse

While going away on a family summer vacation is great, there is always the danger of coming home to find that thieves have made off with your stuff while you were away. For Pierrefonds-Roxboro residents, the borough offers a free service for vacationers who wish to have their homes surveilled while they are away.

“We started the Owl Program last summer as a test and we were happy with the results so it is a service we now offer all year long,” Victor Ortega, Public Security Coordinator for the borough told The Suburban.

Residents who wish to use the service need to call the dispatch number to meet with a member of public security and sign a permission form allowing the patrollers to go onto the premises. A contact number is also required.

“Last year, one homeowner’s pool was starting to overflow due to all of the rain we had been getting and when we called to tell him he needed a backwash done, he was able to get it done while still on vacation and was very pleased,” said Ortega.

Patrollers will usually visit a residence twice a day but never at the same time to verify that windows and doors are still secure as well as removing any unwanted flyers or pamphlets. “We cannot legally pick up someone’s mail but we always suggest the contact person take care of that,” Ortega said.

“While we don’t replace a security company, we will call them if an alarm has been tripped as well as informing the person on the contact number,” the coordinator said.

Last summer, more than 30 families took part in the free service, gaining valuable piece of mind while they vacationed safely.

To take part in Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s Owl Program, call the Public Security dispatch centre at [514] 630-6300.

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