20140712-170022-61222399.jpgThe Fort Myers Police Department is asking the community for help in preventing vehicle burglaries and associated thefts in the City. Police continue to see vehicle burglaries where the victim(s) leave their doors unlocked and valuables in plain sight to include the vehicle keys.

The crimes tend to occur during the overnight hours where thieves often remove hundreds of dollars’ worth of valuables in seconds. Thieves simply help themselves to items such as purses, wallets, cell phones, computers and GPS systems that were left in plain sight. “These types of crimes are one hundred percent preventable. It takes is a little more awareness, time and effort,” stated police spokesperson Lieutenant Victor Medico.

FMPD asks that all residents remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately. Police offer the following tips:

• Lock your doors.

• Don’t leave valuables in your car.

• Call police and report suspicious vehicles or people in your neighborhood.

• Take the time to remember and note the make, model, color and tag number of suspicious vehicles. Note the physical descriptions of suspicious people or solicitors.

• Call and report any people soliciting door-to-door for sales or services (City Ordinance requires solicitors to have a license).

• Keep a close watch out for your neighbors’ homes while they are away.

• Don’t be afraid of being wrong about whether or not someone has a legitimate purpose for being in the community. Call police even for a gut feeling or a hunch. Let us investigate.

Lieutenant Victor Medico
Public Information Officer
Fort Myers Police Department
2210 Widman Way
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
(239) 321-7748