COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The rash of home invasions in Collier County is motivating one of Southwest Florida's top law enforcement officers to start a private security firm.
Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter says he's leaving his post and will join the private sector.
He has extensive law enforcement experiece. Before his three years as Marco Island chief, he spent 30 years with the Collier County Sheriff's Office, 20 of them as sheriff.
In the past few months, violent, masked intruders broke into five high-end Collier County homes, tied up their victims, and made off with what they could- shaking people's piece of mind.
These crimes struck a chord with Hunter, who's had a long desire to start up a private security company. "This new evolution of criminal activity, organized criminal activity certainly gives me inspiration to become more involved. I've lived in Collier County for 52 years and have an interest in preserving the integrity, safety of the community," he says.
"I'm going to apply my skill set for threat assessment, threat detection and to help communities do a better job protecting themselves," he says. With his contract as cheif coming to an end, he says now is the time to make a difference and dedicate his time and skills to those who need it.
"We're going to be focused entirely on security as opposed to traffic enforcement and other things law enforcement is involved with."
Collier County's home invasion task force is also working with law enforcement near Orlando to see if a similar home invasion there could be connected to the Collier crimes.
They have received almost 60 tips about these cases, and the reward for information is now up to $26,000.