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Islanders warned about auto burglaries

By Staff | Jun 27, 2011

The Sanibel Police Department is alerting the public that between May 31 and June 26, there have been nine vehicle burglaries at several Isabel Drive, Bay Drive and Sandcastle Road residences.

Chief of Police Bill Tomlinson advises extra precaution be taken when leaving your vehicle. Remove anything that looks valuable from the passenger compartment and put it in the trunk keeping them hidden. That includes backpacks, briefcases, cell phones and laptop computers. Keep the windows rolled up and the car locked, even if it’s parked at your own house.

Here are several crime prevention tips that should reduce your odds of being a burglary victim:

• Keep all valuable items out of sight.

• Remove stereo faceplate.

• Keep your vehicle registration and personal papers in a location that only you know.

• Engrave your driver’s license number on stereos, speakers or other high tech equipment.

• Use a steering wheel lock

• Never leave your wallet, cash, check book or credit cards in the vehicle.

• Keep your vehicle in a locked garage, if possible.

• Activate vehicle alarm system.

If you have any information that can assist the Police Department with this investigation, contact Det. Mark Steele at 472-3111 ext. 237.

Source: Sanibel Police Department