Investigation continues after golf cart theft arrest

North Myrtle Beach, SC - By Brandon Herring - bio | email

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - North Myrtle Beach Police arrested two men Saturday after an officer says he saw the men steal a golf cart. Now investigators are trying to figure out if the men are responsible for other golf cart thefts.

Several people around North Myrtle Beach say they have recently heard more stories about stolen golf carts.

"It gets my attention because I know that's becoming more and more prevalent," golf cart owner Ken Swicegood said.

Swicegood has golf cart with a few upgrades. So when he hears about a string of thefts he takes notice, and other golf cart owners in North Myrtle Beach have done the same.

"It kinda makes you want to take a little more precaution about how you leave it and where you leave it," Vinnon Williams, whose neighbor just had her cart stolen in the last few weeks said. "[You can] buy an ugly one like we got and you won't have to worry about it. Even though ours is not pretty, it's functional, and we really don't want to lose it."

While thieves are more often attracted to upgraded golf carts, Swicegood and Williams realize they have to take precautions no matter what. That is why Williams always uses two bike locks to secure his cart. Golf cart owner Vance Hamilton does something similar.

"We always lock it with a heavy duty cable and a lock to a post," Hamilton said.

Swicegood also suggests a steering wheel lock, but says perhaps the best defense is to look out for your neighbor. He believes thefts would reduce if people reported suspicious activity.

"If you see something that doesn't look right on the beach at the parking areas, maybe you need to take down the number of the vehicle involved or even call 911," Swicegood said.

Golf cart owners can also have extra security features built in, and one easy thing to do is to get a special key and ignition made so that only one key will operate the golf cart.

Police also suggest marking the bottom of a golf cart with paint or engraving so it can be identified if it is ever stolen.

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