|Published:||Sep 26, 2012 9:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 26, 2012 11:40 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - A North Naples community is on edge after string of burglaries stole their sense of security.
The gated community of Cypress Trace is in Cypress Woods just off Immokalee Road. Now neighbors are demanding their home owners association do more to restore safety.
Cypress Trace is gated, but residents say it failed to keep trouble out Sunday night. They say there are several open areas where thieves can walk right in and with no security guard at night and high HOA fees, neighbors say more protection is a must.
Dorothy Lupo says she hasn't slept in days. Not since thieves broke into her garage late Sunday night.
Dorothy says "to know my bedroom window is right by my door, I'm right up front. To know they were right there, that's scary. The could have come right into my door next."
Collier County Sheriff's Deputies say thieves went up and down breaking into the side doors of dozens of garages, stealing tools, guns and even a car.
Pete Sterchele is in Indiana, but got a call that his Hyundai Santa was taken. He told WINK News over the phone, "it's hard for me to believe. Naples, we've never had anything like this going on and I've been down in Naples since 1975. It was unbelievable, I thought my friend was kidding me when he told me my car was gone."
Neighbor Denise Koubsky says she immediately went out and installed an alarm system. "You have to watch your back now. You don't know if they're going to target again. It's extremely frightening. It's a violation of your privacy. It's unnerving to think this is going on on a Sunday night in your sleep. It's ridiculous. It's really an unbelievable situation."
Homeowners are now banding together, signing a petition, to get security cameras and a security guard to patrol the area.
Dorothy says, "It's got to be fixed or I don't want to be here. I don't want to live in this community. There's a lot of rentals, there's a lot going on here and it's time we all band together and do something, we can't just forget about this."
The president of the Cypress Woods Board says they plan to discuss these break-ins at their next meeting. One item already on the agenda is hiring a night time security guard to patrol the neighborhood.