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Deputies remind residents to lock their vehicles to protect their belongings.

WINK News was tagged along with Collier County deputies in northern Naples when they searched for unlocked cars.

The car burglary investigated by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has risen since last year this year.

In 2021, from January to early May, Collier officers investigated five car burglaries, the sheriff’s office said.

This year, during the same period, there were 24 investigations into car burglary.

Collier County Lieutenant Tom Orr, the district commander of the Northern Naples substation, said too many people were leaving the guards and falling victim in seconds with a broken window or unlocked door.

“I think people come here, and as you know, the population here is growing, and people feel really comfortable here,” Orr said.

The hotspots of these crimes have recently been in public parking lots, not in neighborhoods.

“Last week we had three that took place in Veterans Park, in this area,” Orr said. “We were also hit by Barefoot Beach. So parks, gyms and businesses fall victim to this kind of thing from time to time. ”

Now a park visitor said he had closed the gun storage department after the sheriff’s office reported the burglary.

Others, like Larry Picciani, press the lock button several times.

“I always lock it up,” Picciani said.

Deputies say that if you need to leave valuables in the car, lock them in the trunk and also lock the car.

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