Horry Co. officers see increased car break-ins in Socastee

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) The Horry County Police Department reports that they responded to an increase in vehicle break-ins in the Socastee area of the county over the past weekend.

Sgt Kegler with the Horry County Police Department said 20 vehicles were broken into with items taken ranging from loose change to jewelry. Incoming calls concerning these break-ins came from several Socastee neighborhoods including Ivy Stone, Stone Bridge, Brandy Hill and Cimmeron Plantation, Kegler said.

Ivystone resident Kaylee White said a man recently attempted to break into her home, and is worried about the recent spike in thefts.

"We've heard about a lot of car break-ins" White said.  "I think [people] should be really worried.  I never thought something like that could happen to me, but it did."

Donna Markowski, another Ivystone resident, said she has begun securing her possessions more carefully after the recent break-ins.

"Your cars have to have to be locked at your homes," Markowski said.  "There's a lot of car break-ins, you have to be on the safe side."

Detectives with the Horry County Police Department's Property Crimes Section are currently investigating this rash of break-ins to identity possible suspects.

Any information about these incidents should be reported to the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-TIPS. Information can be reported anonymously.

Horry County Police offered these tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim of crime.

  • Remove items of value from your vehicle before leaving it unattended.
  • Taking 30 seconds when you get home to grab your GPS unit, MP3 players or other electronic items within your car and bringing them into your home.
  • Think of your vehicle as a small version of a Carolina Room, surrounded by windows and in plain view.
  • If a would-be thief doesn't see anything of value when looking in the car window, the chance of forced entry into your vehicle goes down.

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