Lock your car! Unlocked cars perfect targets, thieves looking in your driveway…
On August 2 and 3, thieves ran through Lakes of Summerville, emptying unlocked cars of valuables.
Seven vehicles were hit between 7 p.m. August 2 and 6 a.m. August 3 on Savannah River Dr. and Seneca River Dr., in Summerville, according to Summerville Police.
One Garmin GPS valued at $140 was reported stolen. All the vehicles had their center consoles rummaged through and items scattered across the seats.
Police were able to pull fingerprints from some of the vehicles.
SPD PIO Jon Rogers cautions people to make sure they lock their cars.
“Just because it is in your own driveway, does not make it secure,” say police.
SPD Dispatcher Pam Curtiss told a recent Citizens Police Academy class that “there is nowhere in Summerville that can be considered “safe” from some sort of crime.”
Curtiss says dispatchers hear it all the time…vehicle theft, items stolen from unlocked vehicles, houses, etc. She says the community needs to be smart and protect itself.
A community member commented on how “while normal people are at work, criminals canvass neighborhoods and keep track of schedules and know when cars and houses are empty or unattended. They know when to strike.”
Rogers wishes he had a dollar for every time he has asked folks if their car was locked and been told “no.”
He sighs, shakes his head and says “lock you car!”