Florence police provide tips to prevent auto burglary

Florence police provide tips to prevent auto burglary

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - While police continue to search for the suspect behind a string of vehicle break-ins, there are steps you can take to make sure you don't become a victim.

"Be diligent in locking our doors. Make sure keys, power cables and loose change are out of sight or out of the car," said LT. Mike Brandt with the Florence Police Department.

Brandt added those items are things thieves look for when they looking for cars to break into.

Police said the suspects behind these types of crimes are mostly stealing because they are motivated by alcohol and drugs.

Investigators said most people think suspects make a lot of noise when breaking into cars…like breaking windows but, that's not necessarily the case.

"That is a loud event that brings attention. Most of the time, it's an opportunistic activity. Just walking through looking in and pulling on door handles to see of their open to see if anything is," Brandt said.

The Florence Police Department is stressing that no matter where you park, whether that be at home or out and about, be sure your car doors remain locked and all valuables be placed in a locked trunk.

Investigators say the key to not becoming a victim is by eliminating all opportunities there are to commit the crimes.

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