ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) – In Anderson County, the sheriff reports burglaries are down nearly forty percent from this time last year. But every summer, crimes tend to uptick including crimes of opportunities like car break ins.
“Local kids that have nothing to do or just aren’t being supervised well are rummaging through neighbors cars,” said Sheriff Chad McBride.
In the month of June, the sheriff’s office received 434 reports of vehicle break ins and they aren’t alone. The Anderson City Police Department reported seven break ins in 24 hours at the beginning of July.
But the community is helping to further cut down those numbers.
“A lot more people have surveillance on their homes and so we’ve actually a lot of folks,” McBride said.
On Sunday night off Centerville Highway, a homeowners surveillance system captured two men stealing a gun from his unlocked vehicle.
“We certainly don’t want guns in their possesion, our job is hard enough already without having to combat against suspects carrying weapons. The main thing is getting into a habit of securing those weapons,” McBride said.
Since these are crimes of opportunities, the sheriff advises the community that the best ways to protect yourself is keep your doors locked and hide your valuables.