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Seven vehicle burglaries in Cape Coral over the weekend

Posted at 4:43 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 16:46:07-05

CAPE CORAL,Fla. — Seven vehicle burglaries occurred over the weekend in Cape Coral.

Police say the doors were left unlocked in each case and that Cape Coral may be one of the safest cities, but criminals will always look for an easy target.

Here are tips to help you not become a victim of a vehicle burglary:

  • Do not leave valuables in your car. That sounds like common sense, but drivers/passengers leave items in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target.
  • If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight.
  • Once home, unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car longer than necessary, especially overnight.
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be a deterrent to a burglar.
  • Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through the tint.

What to do if you are a victim of a vehicle burglary:

  • Call the police to report the incident as soon as possible.
  • Do not go inside the vehicle. Evidence can be compromised.
  • If you see suspicious activity, call the police immediately.