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Car break-ins raising concerns in Estero

Posted at 10:54 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 22:58:38-05

ESTERO, FLa.- Surveillance video capturing three burglars dressed in hoodies attempting to break into a car in an Estero driveway. But for people living at the Estates at Estero River it has become a sight all too familiar.
In the most recent wave, Lee County Sheriff's deputies say they're investigating four cases.

"We had a couple break ins and it looks like somebody was going around you know seeing if car doors were unlocked and i had my sunglasses stolen from my truck," said Gene Chin, an Estates at Estero River resident.

The nighttime footage seems a little out of place in a gated community which bustles with children playing in the street during the daylight.

"Its a little scary that this is such a safe neighborhood and we have a lot of kids. you know it's a little worrisome," said Gene Chin.

Scary enough for homeowners to install security cameras around their home. These were the same cameras which recorded the surveillance video from a couple nights ago.

"Upping security to their home and to the place that they live is probably important. cameras, security system, something that would prevent or deter thieves from coming around, said Ben Griggs, Ramco Protective's Vice President of Sales.

Griggs adds you could make sure anything valuable is not visible to help reduce your risk of being targeted.
"Out of sight, out of mind i think is a pretty good idea in a situation like this," said Griggs.

Neighbors were following this train of thought. They pulled their cars into their garages. And Gene Chin keeping an extra eye peeled to help look our for the neighborhood he loves so much.

"Very family oriented. good type of community and definitely like living here. it's a great place for kids to grow up in," said Chin.