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Entering auto cases rampant in Beaufort Co.

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is urging vehicle owners to lock their vehicles and to keep valuables out of sight when they are parked. 

A rash of car break-ins and thefts are occurring around the county with no signs of forced entry, except only in a few cases, according to the BCSO. 

Vehicle owners are finding out in their morning that someone had entered their vehicles overnight and stolen items.   

The sheriff's office has fielded several reports like this just over the last week from all over county. Just this week, deputies responded to several such reports in the southern part of the county in both Oldfield and Westbury Park. North of the Broad River, the Distant Island and Mink Point communities have been targeted. 

Several neighborhoods on Lady's Island have also been hit with vehicle break-ins in recent weeks. The majority of these vehicles were left unlocked, according to the BCSO. 

Residents and visitors are being asked to deter these preventable crimes by locking their cars, keeping windows closed and taking their car keys and personal property of out the car when its parked overnight. 

Anyone who sees suspicious activity should call the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843.524.2777. 

Report crime by calling CrimeStoppers at 888.CRIME.SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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