MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Law enforcement officers across the Grand Strand are preparing for the influx of spring break crowds.
"Hopefully they've come down with a group of friends or some friends from their home town. While they are here, they need to stay with those individuals," said Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby. "Don't try to break up your group and go in different directions."
Crosby said people should travel in pairs if they want to go somewhere else, and let the rest of the group know the location.
If this doesn't happen, it turns into something police are all too familiar with.
"What we quite often get during spring break is that a friend has been lost or has gone missing, and what we find through the course of the investigation is that they've gone off with another group of individuals to a different place," Crosby said. "So it's very important for us to know that last point of contact that person had with their friends, so we can begin our investigation there."
A case that will forever be in the minds of Myrtle Beach police officers is that of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel, who was last seen walking alone on Ocean Boulevard in 2009 while she was on spring break.
Ultimately, Crosby urges people not to do anything they wouldn't do at home. Some other common calls officers respond to over spring break are breach of peace, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
According to Crosby, it is important for people to be aware of the laws before they get within the Myrtle Beach city limits.
"A lot of individuals think you can drink on the beach, or have an open container inside the vehicle, and that is certainly not the case in South Carolina," he said.
As for those driving to the Grand Strand, Crosby wants them to have a plan.
"If you don't know the area, you don't know where you are going. Make sure you familiarize yourself with this area," he said. "If you are going out drinking, make sure you have a plan in place as far as taxi or Uber to your destination and back to your motel room. Most importantly, make sure you're not drinking and driving."