It is the most wonderful time of the year for car thieves.
“This is season,” Allan Kolak said, master Sgt. in Cape Coral Police Department. “There are more vehicle burglaries during this time of the year.”
And with the increase prevalence of car burglaries, Cape Coral Police have turned to a lit up reminder to “Lock It or Lose It.”
“You get a lot of people in town that don’t live here year round,” Rick Colbert said, a resident in Cape Coral. “A lot of snowbirds. A lot of stuff comes up missing during this time.”
Rick Colbert knows the frustration of having his car broken into.
“I got really mad,” Colbert said. “You never know people can come down at night and just take everything.”
Cape Police said now more than ever, thieves are targeting your vehicle.
“Shopping centers where they know people are shopping what they’ll do is they’ll go the shop leave their items in the car,” Kolak said. “Well, that’s another opportunity for them to take items.”
Cape Police hope this sign will be just the reminder you need to lock it up.
“A safe thing is if you don’t wanna bring it in, just put it in your trunk,” Linda Bizier said, a Cape Coral resident.
Just lock it up and it’s pretty simple stuff,” Colbert said. “You don’t want people walking off with it, you have to take care of it.”