MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Vehicle break-ins continue to be an issue across the Grand Strand, and now the Myrtle Beach Police Department is giving the public a list of precautions to take to keep from becoming victims.
According to information on the department's Facebook page, it takes a thief less than a minute to break into a car and steal a person's valuables.
Below are a number of ways to try and prevent that from happening:
- Keep cars visible
- Keep windows and sunroofs closed, and doors locked
- Hide all valuables and accessories
- Do not put spare keys in such places as above the visor, in the center console or under the floor mat
- Place items in the trunk before getting to the parking lot
- Find another spot to park if suspicious activity is observed.
In recent weeks, residents in Carolina Forest became concerned after a rash of vehicle break-ins began plaguing the community.
Additionally, back in December, officials with the Horry County Police Department announced a plan to reduce the number of car break-ins by 20 percent.