Published: Apr 06, 2011 6:01 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 05, 2011 11:02 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Fort Myers police are getting guns off our streets. Already this year, 61 guns have been confiscated and in 2010, more than 1,000 were taken off the streets. It is all part of 'Operation Safe Neighborhood.'

'Operation Safe Neighborhood' is set to reduce crime and improve quality of life. The goal is to identify and arrest those people who commit violent and felony crimes and those who illegally posses firearms.

"We deal with the worst of whats out there," said Officer Glenn Eppler, Fort Myers Police Department.

For 12 years, Eppler has been fighting crime on the streets of Fort Myers. He's teamed up with other officers throughout Lee County for 'Operation Safe Neighborhood'

"We want to make sure that people that are out there aren't driving around and transporting firearms," said Eppler.

Fort Myers P.D. is cracking down on people who illegally carry guns and those who commit felony crimes. The goal Tuesday night was to find a man in Cape Coral wanted for grand theft.

"With the Cape Coral Police Department, their street crimes unit, we're going to meet up with those guys and go after this particular person," said Eppler.

When officers arrived, the man wasn't home but they got in touch with him over the phone.

"Told him that he was wanted by the Fort Myers Police Department. The detective bureau wants to speak to him. We're pretty confident now that he's going to come home," said Eppler.

Moments later, the man in question returned home and was arrested without incident. Police said 'Operation Safe Neighborhood' is about more than just getting guns off the street.

"Property crimes are on the rise. To make society safer as a whole, we need to bring those types of people off the street and make sure they're not out committing those types of crimes," said Eppler.

As part of the 'Operation Safe Neighborhood,' local people can call or text tips to Fort Myers police and you can remain completely anonymous.  For more information, visit