Monday, October 18, 2021

Letters to the Editor



Recently I had the opportunity to address one hundred Marco residents on a variety of subjects. During side conversations with members during the program, as well as meetings around town after the program, it became clear to me that some citizens don’t know when to call the police, some don’t know how, and others “feel bad for bothering the police”. I’d like to illustrate my points with current and real world events.

In the last week, two homes, one on Fruitland and one on Echo were burglarized. Entry was gained by prying open the garage service door on one home and cutting the screen on the other residence. Both incidents occurred in the daylight hours, most likely between Noon and 5pm. Detectives determined through post incident neighborhood interviews that a suspicious vehicle was observed in the neighborhood contemporaneous to the burglaries.

Roughly on week prior, a citizen reported an unusual occurrence: two males asked the resident when the mail would be delivered in that neighborhood. The citizen thought this was strange and immediately called the Police Department. The two suspicious males were located a few blocks away in a rental vehicle. The male’s stories were suspect and items often times affiliated with the commission of burglaries were located in the vehicle. The rental car was impounded, evidence secured and the individuals were arrested for Loitering and Prowling. It is not surprising they denied any involvement in recent local burglaries. The Marco Island Police Department is working with our local, state and federal partners to determine their involvement in any crimes, burglaries or otherwise. (Subjects arrested – Jean P. Fridnel, a 20 year old African American male from Miami and Sylvio Pera a 22 year old Hispanic male also from Miami).

As you can see in the latter incident, a quick thinking citizen promptly reported what he believed to be a strange incident and the Police Department was able to locate and arrest two individuals prior to any additional property crimes being committed. Regrettably, last week a suspicious vehicle was observed but not reported. Effective policing is only possible through a partnership between the community and the Police Department. The actions of community members are vital in the efforts towards preventing crime. Preventing crime involves not only making sure that everyone’s own homes are secure, but also includes actively working with law enforcement to look out for the safety of our neighbors and other community members.

A further example of the community – police partnership is the above screen shot obtained by Marco Island Police Investigators from a private residence after a burglary which occurred February 14th, on Chestnut Ct. Although not of the highest photographic quality, the screen shot is quite helpful.

When you should call the Police: Anytime! If you see something that doesn’t seem right call immediately. Marco Island Police Officers are on-duty all day all night everyday of the year. You are not bothering us, if fact it is quite the contrary: you are helping the Police Department and the community by making a timely or prompt call.

How you should call the Police: In an emergency dial 911 from any wired or cell phone. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the Marco Island Police Department, Fire -Rescue or EMS Departments. It is important to understand that if you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, please call 911 and let the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help. The Marco Island Police Department non-emergency telephone number is (239) 389-5050. This number is answered Monday through Friday during business hours by our Administrative Assistant and Records Clerk, and on during nights and weekends by personnel in the Collier County Communications Center.

Please feel to contact me with any questions.

Assistant Chief David Baer

Marco Island Police Department

51 Bald Eagle Dr.

Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-5050 Department Non-Emergency


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