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Rash of vehicle break-ins hits Valley area
Friday, June 7, 2013

AIKEN, SC - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins in Graniteville and Warrenville on Wednesday.

Nine break-ins were reported on Wednesday: two on Howlandville Road in Warrenville, two on Marie Drive in Warrenville, three on Tirasco Court in Warrenville, one on Burnhill Road in Warrenville and one on Crystal Peak Drive in Graniteville.
In each case, the vehicle was left unlocked or unsecured, according to reports. A variety of items, including money, GPS devices, iPods, cell phones, wallets and jewelry were reported missing from the vehicles.

No arrests have been made, and investigators do not have any suspects, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. Abdullah said they suspect the same individuals are responsible for the break-ins.

“They all happened around the same general time-frame,” he said. “When B&Es were on the rise, we cautioned folks to be proactive when it comes to their personal property, especially their vehicle.”

Make sure you secure your items out of a potential thief's eyesight, Abdullah said. Also, make sure you lock it up.
“That will assist in deterring those who are breaking into vehicles,” he said. “We're not saying that they won't, but it's one extra step that can help prevent it.”

Abdullah said it's important to be proactive, and stay mindful of where you park your vehicle.

“We know folks are more aware of people breaking into their car and stealing their purchases if they're shopping,” he said. “Do that same thing at home. Be sure you're being proactive.”

Also, neighbors should keep an eye out for suspicious people or vehicles in the neighborhood.

“Don't take matters into your own hands,” Abdullah said. “Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.”
It's a good idea to record serial numbers for electronic items, and to get a description or date of purchase for jewelry items ahead of time, in case your vehicle is broken into, Abdullah said. That will aid investigators in being able to return your items if they're recovered.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-922-9709.

Source: http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20130607/AIK0101/130609647/1004/rash-of-vehicle-break-ins-hits-valley-area

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