|Published:||Feb 27, 2014 5:26 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 27, 2014 6:05 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Investigators are still trying to get more information about a rash of robberies. Over the past several weeks, masked thieves, armed with guns hit two out of three homes, and it's possible these incidents are connected.
That got us asking: how you can protect yourself your loved ones if you find yourself in a similar dangerous situation?
"They've identified soft targets, so they've behaved in a certain way and a certain pattern to get what they want which is property," said Chris Knott, Cofounder of Naples Security Solutions.
In all three robberies the suspects got away with cash, jewelry, a car and laptops.
Knott said, "Obviously, this community has a lot of high networth individuals and with the wrong psychological demeanor. Unfortunately, there is a plethora of victims laying in wait."
He said even though law enforcement is doing its best to catch these guys, the community also needs to do its part. The first step to being prepared is to put a plan in place.
"These things have happened. You don't have to look far to put together a scenario and ask yourself and ask your family, if this happens, what would you do?" said Knott.
He said people need to be mindful about the world we live in today.
"...to understand the society, the community that we live in. We don't live in a bubble. A lot of times they'll see beautiful beaches and beautiful palm trees and they'll think it's paradise, but these types of things occur in Naples and it's important to be proactive," said Knott.
His advice: Don't live your life paranoid. Live your life prepared.
Knott said statistically, one in three home invasions become violent.
According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office, within the last year there were nine home invasions reported, prior to the ones this month. Arrests were made in four of those cases.
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