Myrtle Beach tops state for vehicular theft

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Greg Argos - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC  (WMBF) - Trey Capp was walking to his car that he parked outside of his Myrtle Beach apartment when he noticed it wasn't there.

"[My] keys were in my hand. [There was] no broken glass on the ground."

Trey Capp said he suddenly realized his car had been stolen. It happened Thursday in the very neighborhood near the Market Common Capp just moved into.

"We moved there because it's less crime and it's a nicer neighborhood, but I guess bad people find you where ever you go," he said.

Those so-called "bad people" seem to be finding victims in the Myrtle Beach area.

According to the latest report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau in 2009, there were nearly 1,200 cars stolen in the Myrtle Beach area. That's some 477 cars swiped for every 100,000 people, and it puts Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area 21st in the country overall for vehicular theft.

Though police reports show many of those cars are broken into, others are simply left unlocked.

However, Lt. Keith Strickland with Horry County Police said there are some easy ways to protect your property.

"[I recommend] everything from parking your vehicles in authorized parking garages, parking spaces, keeping your vehicles secure, parking them in well lit areas," Strickland said.

Even with those precautions, Strickland said anyone can be a victim of crime. Though Capp is one of those victims, he's doing what he can to put it behind him.

"I'm trying to handle it the best I can. I can't really get too mad, because the only person who's fault it is, is the person who stole the car," he said.

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