Deputy Catherine Duff #1021
Law Enforcement Divison
Crime Prevention Unit
To the Residents of Englewood Isles:
We have had several vehicle burglaries in the Venice area. Several occurred in Gulf View Estates and Hour Glass Lakes which is close to Englewood Isles. All of the vehicles were unlocked. In one of the incidents a vehicle was unlocked and they left the keys in the car, the car was stolen and later recovered in another county. There have not been any burglaries in Englewood Isles, however, we are trying to get the word out to our residents so that we don’t have a problem in your neighborhood. Remember to lock your doors and do not leave any valuables in your car. See the flyer below for more information.
The other problem that has been happening is “distraction burglaries.” We believe these are professional thieves. They work in teams: one perpetrator occupies the resident with a fake story while the 2nd person goes in and burglarizes the home. For example: “We are from the utility company and there may be a water leak in your back yard. Can we go take a look?” While you are in the back yard, the 2nd person goes in the house and steals property.