Cape Coral Police: Lock it or lose it

Posted at 6:53 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 06:22:31-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Police are warning people to lock up their cars, Friday, after a string of burglaries. Police in cars and helicopters responded to the area of 29th Avenue off Surfside Boulevard early Friday morning, after two cars were broken into.

According to Cape Coral Police, these are just the latest in the way of car burglaries.

"I realized that they were circling our immediate area and I started seeing light beams coming out from the helicopter on the ground and got a little concerned," said resident Robin Calabrese.

Detective Sargent Dana Coston told Fox 4 the increase in incidents can be attributed to the fact that people are not locking their cars.

"I think we have a really good neighborhood that I trust," said Robin. "I almost feel like I can leave my door unlocked...thought."

The person who's car was burglarized said the thieves didn't get away with too much. However, Cape Coral Police told Fox 4 others have not been as lucky. Some have even had guns stolen from their vehicles.

"Over the last couple of weeks, we've seen an upsurge of auto burglaries," said Sgt. Coston. "In the last two weeks, CCPD has responded to 39 car burglaries throughout the entire city." Twenty four of those incidents happened south of Veterans Parkway. People committing the crimes look or the opportunity, said Sgt. Coston. "They don't want to break a window, they don't want to force their way into a car, when it's very likely that the next car they go to is going to be unlocked."

This is why Cape Coral Police are saying "Lock it or Lose it." Cape Coral residents are advised to take their valuables out of their cars and leave it locked over night so they don't become the next victim.

If you have any information that could help with Friday's case or any car burglaries, contact the Cape Coral Police Department at (239) 574-3223 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.