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Police fight an influx in burglaries in Timmonsville

The chief said burglaries have been plaguing the Timmonsville area. | Source: WMBF News The chief said burglaries have been plaguing the Timmonsville area. | Source: WMBF News

TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Two months on the job and Timmonsville's new police chief is cracking down on crime.

The chief said burglaries have been plaguing the area.

The department has two officers, including the chief, to protect the community as a team effort.

"A lot of times, we kind of sleep on things that are happening in the community. I want the community to understand, 'Yes, the Timmonsville Police Department is back,'" Police Chief Gregory Palmer said.

Palmer said he wants the people in Timmonsville to be alert and on the lookout for crime happening in the area.

"A lot of times they see things we don't get to see. Sitting on their porch or at their house looking out the window," Palmer said.

Chief Palmer said an influx in burglaries are keeping him busy.

"Weed eaters, lawn equipment, leaf blowers, generators, ATVs," Palmer listed examples of what is missing from several homes in the community.

The chief believes these crimes have been taking place for some time. While he wants your help to solve these issues, he also wants you to take steps to keep your stuff safe.

"Put out some lights; make it less attractive for someone to want to take your stuff, because they like your stuff too," Palmer said.

Palmer also said to always keep your doors locked, as well as you equipment shed.

"We want you to take the measures to protect you property and your family," Palmer said.

Most importantly he wants you to be on alert and report any crime you may see taking place in the area.

"Hopefully, one day, we get back to the status of having a full running police department, but right now I and captain McQueary need help," Palmer said.

To leave any tips you may have, visit the chief at the police station or give him a call at 843-346-7212.

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