FORT MYERS, Fla., -- The Fort Myers Police Department wants you to start locking your cars. A spokesperson says car break ins account for nearly 30 percent of the crimes in the city.
"It's a message we're just trying to beat to death," said Mitch Haley, F.M.P.D Public Affairs Officer. "Lock your cars."
The agency has launched a new "lock it" campaign in which they released video of a group breaking into an unlocked. It shows a car slowly driving through an undisclosed neighborhood, one man is seen as the lookout while two other guys break into the car, before continuing down the rest of the street.
Haley says multiple cars were broken into that night. His intelligence unit says that in 2017, 56 percent of the nearly 500 car break ins were with unlocked cars.
"They know what they're doing, they know the chances are good that they're going to find some unlocked cars."
A similar incident happened in Cape Coral with another unlocked car. F.M.P.D launched it's "Lock It" campaign to help remind the community to lock their cars.