Rash of vehicle break-ins reported in Florence County

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – After a rash of vehicle break-ins in Florence County over the last several days, the Florence County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents of ways they can reduce their risk of being a victim.

The thefts have typically been occurring from unlocked vehicles parking in residential driveways between midnight and 4 a.m., according to Major Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Department. Thieves remove cash, handbags, electronic devise, and sometimes handguns, sometimes without ever having to break into the vehicles.

In some cases, thieves will break out a window to access the vehicle, and sometimes activating the vehicle security system. The whole process takes about 30 seconds, Maj. Nunn stated.

The FCSO provided the following common sense safety measures to reduce your risk of becoming a victim:

• Install motion detection flood lights where you park your vehicle;

• Never leave any items attractive to thieves visible in your vehicle, even pocket change;

• Remove chargers for electronic devices as they suggest to thieves that the devices themselves may be inside;

• Remove stereo face plates and satellite radio receivers;

• Never leave a firearm anywhere in the vehicle, period! Firearms stolen from vehicles are often used to commit crimes by career criminals who are prohibited from obtaining firearms by legal means.

"While it is impossible to insure that you will never be a victim of vehicle break in, it goes without saying that the best defense is to lock the vehicle, raise the windows fully, and engage your vehicle security system if you have one," Maj. Nunn stated.

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