Collier County deputies see increase in car burglaries

Increase in car burglaries in Collier County
Posted at 11:58 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:58:48-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — During this time of self-isolation criminals are seizing the opportunity to break into your vehicle.

Collier County sheriff deputies putting out a warning to residents telling them to stay alert after a series of car burglaries.

“We have seen a dramatic change in society, one that we probably haven’t seen two decades and with peoples, routines changing we want to make sure that you still take those basic precautions,” said Sgt. Brian Sawyer.

The sheriff’s office is giving the community a gentle reminder.

“Make sure you lock your car, lock your homes, don’t leave valuables in your cars,” said Sgt. Brian Sawyer.

Sgt sawyer warns the community to keep their guard up as more people are staying home due to COVID-19.

“There is a lot of opportunities for criminals to take advantage of you out there,” Sgt. Brian Sawyer.

He says car burglaries are more prevalent in condensed neighborhoods.

“Apartments, condos, a lot of cars in a concentrated area that can be a little more alluring for criminals,” Sgt. Brian Sawyer.

He warns parents to keep a closer eye out on their children.

“The old saying is nothing good happens after midnight. If they are out after 9 pm you should know what they are doing and if you don’t know what they are doing then they can be up to something that is nefarious,” Sgt. Brian Sawyer.

The Collier County Sheriff’s office is responding promptly.

“We have increased our patrols significantly we have different units that are out there that are trying to prevent these criminals and catch them in the act,”

Call 911 if you witness a crime in progress. Call the Collier Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 239-252-9300 to report suspicious activity or a crime that is not in progress. If you have information about criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.