As we move into the holiday season many residents will be out shopping for loved ones. Criminals will also be shopping, unfortunately it might be at your residence. The Fort Myers Police Department is asking residents to consider the following as precautions if you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
• Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.
• Use a neighbor’s phone or cell phone to call police.
• Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
• Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
• Note the description of any suspicious persons.
Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value with serial numbers. Keep a copy in a safe place away from home. This is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
“Many individuals have home alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Please use it as it really does make a difference,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Victor Medico. As always, if you see anyone acting suspicious or loitering in your area please do not hesitate to call the Fort Myers Police Department. Be a good witness and let us investigate further.
Lieutenant Victor Medico
Public Information Officer
Fort Myers Police Department
2210 Widman Way
Fort Myers, Florida 33901