Everyone is talking about the recent burglaries on Marco Island. Many feel shaken that this could happen in their idyllic island paradise.
The truth is that Marco Island burglary incidents are low. Coastal Breeze News spoke to Chief Al Schettino to find out the facts. In 2013 there were 31 burglaries. That number was reduced to 20 burglaries in 2014.
In the first six months of this year, four homes were burglarized on Marco Island. Even factoring in the recent 11, our burglary numbers are far lower than most neighborhoods in Florida.
But those are just numbers. Anyone who has experienced the burglary of their home knows that in addition to the property loss there is a feeling of loss of security, invasion of privacy and fear that remains.
What we know about the recent Marco Island burglaries:
- Eleven burglaries between October 5 and November 15, 2015.
- All occurred during daylight hours.
- Nearly all involved the forced entry of unoccupied homes through a standard or sliding glass door.
- Thieves passed up valuable jewelry to take prescription medications like hydrocodone.
There was a rumor among residents that a Marco Island police officer’s house was one of the properties recently burglarized. Chief Schettino confirmed with Coastal Breeze News that this rumor is true.
Chief Schettino said the police department is making progress on their investigation. They are following leads, adding patrols and working hard to keep residents and their property safe.
In a recent memo to the Marco Island City Council regarding the burglaries, Chief Schettino advised that the police department had added a third detective, Joe Mack, to assist with the investigation.
Even with the recent burglaries, Marco Island is a safe place to live. There are things you can do, however, to protect yourself and your property. The Marco Island Police Department offered suggestions for residents in Chief Schettino’s memo to city council. In summary:
- Make your home look occupied.
- Don’t let newspapers pile up.
- Make entry points visible- trim hedges.
- Use your alarm, or install one.
- Don’t display valuables like TVs.
- Vary your routine.
- Secure locks on doors and windows.
- Don’t hide keys outside.
- Store bicycles and lawnmowers out of sight.
- Pin your windows and sliding glass doors.
- Be observant and report concerns to the police.
The most important thing that you can do as a member of the community is to call the police at 9-1-1 or at 239-389-5050 to report a crime, or if you observe any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.