Lock car doors, Sheriff says

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A recent increase in motor vehicle thefts has caused Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office to ask citizens to lock their cars.

According to DCSO Chief Deputy Sam Richardson, “We’re seeing an increase in unlocked vehicle break-ins, and also people trying to steal the vehicles.”

He said 90 percent of the vehicle breaking and entering is performed on unlocked cars.

Although there has historically been an increase in this type of incident after school is dismissed for the summer, an increase this early in the year is unusual, Richardson said. “We think it might be a group hitting some neighborhoods,” he said.

Capt. Tony Phinney explained, “It’s as simple as these people going from yard to yard, checking a car door and if it’s locked moving on to the next one.”

They said the thefts seem to be centered around Summerville, not the upper county. DCSO is asking all county residents to lock their car doors when parking their cars to prevent the thefts and vehicle damage.

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