Royal Harbor Update:April 13,2020

Note from your Webmeister:

As it has for so many activities, The Corona virus pandemic has interfered with updating this site. This update will attempt to bring things up to date.

From Terry ForshierWed, Apr 8, 11:47 AM (5 days ago)

I hope this update finds you well and safe,,,

So we took the directories to the post office to mail them.

After talking to the postal service they determined that the mailing envelope was a package and wanted $3.90 to mail each one. The board members doing the mailing felt that spending nearly $1000 on these made no sense since we are trying to gather monies for the entry way monument replacement we are working on. They have decided to hand deliver those to homes that appear to be here now. So they will be going around placing them at your home. (in the mailbox if our local postman will agree its ok. If not then up by your door.  Delivery people are Gayle Napoli and Greg Guliani.

I still have Flags if you or your neighbors want to use them They are on my porch and free. Just stop and pick up and bundle. Those of you on corners may want another bundle to wrap around the street.  We use a screwdriver to make the hole for the flag if the ground is too hard.

To many it seems that we are not in an affected area since we may not know anyone affected with the virus. However there are cases in our zip code, which is 34102. That is the city limits of Naples.  Right now there are 15 reported cases. This may not seem like a lot when you factor in our voting population is just over 22,000 people and with visitors it could be half that again. But it is here and if we are not practicing social distancing it could spread.  If you want to see where (by zip code), the cases are in Florida this is the website. https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

Since it appears many of us are now taking daily walks I thought I would share this with you. From the City of Naples..

Reminders for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, & Motorists…

Cyclists: Kids 16 & under must wear a helmet.

Motorists: 3 feet from cyclists is the law. 

Pedestrians (walking or running): If sidewalk is available, a pedestrian is not allowed to walk upon the roadway. If sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians shall walk on the shoulder on the left side of the roadway FACING traffic.

Be vigilant.

Be kind

Be patient.

And don’t forget to continue to practicing social distancing!

The attachments and emails below relate to the auto thefts this past week.  I found very interesting. It clearly shows these thefts are occurring by people living across the state. Since we are mostly all at home and many are on the computer you might find it interesting as I did.

Subject: Re: AUTO THEFTS

Good afternoon,

I have received many inquiries from our homeowner’s associations in regards to the auto thefts in our city.   

Please understand that our Criminal Investigations Division is diligently working to solve these cases and there is some information that is confidential to law enforcement.  

I have included a press release that was sent out by The City Of Naples Police Department on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

A bulletin has been created by our Criminal Analyst that will provide clarity to many of the questions that have been asked.  I have attached that as well.

For those who have sent reminders to our residents to lock their doors and remove the keys from their vehicle, THANK YOU!  This was the common denominator in EVERY theft.

We appreciate your assistance in combating auto theft in our community.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you,

Sean

Master Officer Sean Phillips

City of Naples Police Department

Community Policing Division

Subject: FW: AUTO THEFTS

Good afternoon,

My name is Master Officer Sean Phillips.  Although I may not be the Community Policing Officer that is assigned to your neighborhood, I have some important information to share.

Please see included email as well as the attachment I have forwarded.

Your Community Oriented Policing Division is asking for your assistance in combating auto thefts in our city.

Feel free to share the flyer with your residents and remind them to lock their doors and keep their keys fobs with them.

We appreciate your help!

Thank you,

Sean

Master Officer Sean Phillips

City of Naples Police Department

Community Policing Division

(239) 351-4212

Subject: AUTO THEFTS

Good morning,

I hope that everyone and their families are doing well.

Since March 13, 2020 the City of Naples as a whole has had eight (8) vehicles stolen.  During one incident two vehicles were taken from one residence.

As of this email we are in the process of investigating other vehicles that may have been taken during the early morning hours of April 4, 2020.

The common denominator in most (possibly all) of these auto theft were:

  • VEHICLE DOORS LEFT UNLOCKED
  • KEY FOB INSIDE VEHICLE

I have attached a flyer from The City Naples Police Department titled “Lock It or Lose It”.  It outlines precautions that can be taken to ensure property is not taken. 

Please feel free to share the flyer with our residents to raise their awareness.

As always, if there are any concerns you may have please contact me via email or my department cell phone listed below.

Thank you,

Sean

Master Officer Sean Phillips

City of Naples Police Department

Community Policing Division

(239) 351-4212

If you made it this far I am almost done. Someone found a remote lift control on Sheepshead. It was new still in the package. If it is yours and you can describe it I will connect you to the people who found it.

Also a package was wrongly delivered on Sandpiper Street. If you got a package on your door step and it was not for you please contact me and I will tell you who it belongs to. And we can get it to the owner.

From April 4:

I just received a call from Officer Davis, our neighborhood police officer. He told me that last night several vehicles were stolen from city residents. None that he knew of were stolen from Royal Harbor but… Two nights ago a resident here reported that someone had tried to access his car parked in his driveway . That same night at about 2 am I was awake and noticed my security light on my porch went on, followed by the one on the side of the house. I checked and did not see anyone but that was where I had parked my truck. Also that night, a resident reported a man in his backyard. Officer Davis told me that that night the sheriffs department reported auto and home burglaries in areas just East of Royal Harbor.

In our discussion we talked about the possibility of this type of criminal behavior escalating. He felt, as I do, that if things continue on like they are now and more people are out of work and have no income or way to sustain themselves, we may indeed see more criminal behavior.

So what can you do? A few things you should do are to put your car in the garage and close the door. If your car is outside remove all valuables and lock it up. Install motion sensor lights around your property. Put the Naples police department on your speed dial on your phone. (239 216 3000) Call the police immediately if you see or hear anything suspicious. Do not call anyone else, just call them, they will come out and check it out. We have a very good police force and they want us to notify them on anything.

As a personal note, I am a farm boy and grew up in the country. We hunted, fished, planted gardens and farmed and learned how to live off the land and take care of ourselves. We did not have police force nearby to call. Our home was always prepared for all possibilities including intruders. Now, no one thinks we’re facing immediate danger but as any scout knows, “Be Prepared “ is a good motto.  Hopefully this will soon be behind us and things will come back to normal. Expect the best and prepare for the worst.

I still have flags available for anyone in Royal Harbor that wants to fly them in your yard. Just stop by and pick them up on my porch. They are in bundles of 10.

Rhonda and I are starting to address the directories for mailing to residents. We are mailing to your local address unless you have instructed otherwise. Several have already asked we mail to another address. If you have already done so, please don’t ask again.

Our new mayor has announced the formation of 2 new departments of oversight: One on economic and businesses, the other on environment. We are growing government again.

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