Cops offer safety tips after recent vehicle break-ins
After a few vehicle break-ins around the county this month, local law enforcement wants citizens to remember some important tips to remain safe.
A break-in occurred around Thanksgiving in Hardeeville when a suspect entered a vehicle in the Cracker Barrel parking lot and stole a purse, Hardeeville police say. Officials are seeking information about the suspect who is possibly driving a Ford F-250. Law enforcement asks that you contact the Hardeeville Police Department (843-784-2233) if you have any information.
“We are currently looking for the suspect to interview him concerning this break-in,” Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward said. “This is just one incident that has been reported in the Hardeeville area; however the investigation also includes the area along the Highway 278 corridor.”
Woodward said it is important for shoppers to protect their vehicle and valuables.
“Place your valuables in the trunk so that they are not visible to someone walking by your car,” he said. “Remember to lock your vehicle and park in a well-lighted area when shopping. It is important to not leave your car unattended for extended periods of time.”
Woodward said other important tips include making sure to keep your car keys and cell phone in your pockets. He said it’s important to never leave purses unattended in a shopping cart.
“If you have your cell phone and your keys in your purse and your purse were to get stolen, that would mean the thief would also have the keys to your car,” he said. “If you have a purse, never leave it in the shopping cart unattended while looking around the store.”
Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said the county as a whole has seen six to eight vehicle break-ins in the past month.
“This is a small spike in the number of break-ins and people are not locking their cars,” he said.
Malphrus said one tip is for citizens to take their valuables completely out of their car and lock the car.
“Lock the doors and take all of the valuables out,” he said. “It probably takes less than three minutes to do this and it could avoid you losing a lot more than just a few minutes.”