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June 20, 2011

Horry County police investigate Socastee area vehicle break-ins, offer prevention tips

Horry County police are searching for two men in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins in several areas of the Socastee community, Sgt. Robert Kegler said.

The men, who appeared to be in the late teens or early 20s, have broken into vehicles in the late night early morning hours in several neighborhoods off the Socastee Boulevard, Kegler said. The incidents are under investigation by officers in the south precinct.

In an effort to prevent the break-ins, Kegler said residents should lock and secure their vehicles whenever they leave them because burglars do not want to make noise or attract attention to themselves by smashing a window or waking a dog.

Here are some other tips from Horry County police:

Remove your garage door opener so if your car is burglarized the thief will not have access to your home.

When you get home and before you get out of your vehicle, remove your valuables such as GPS system, satellite radio, music players and other types of electronics.

“Think of your car as a small version of a Carolina Room in your home,” Kegler said. “It is surrounded by windows, and all your valuables are in plain view. Taking the time to remove these items and bringing them inside better insures that you will have them the next time you need them.”

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