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Car break-ins hit several Beaufort Co. neighborhoods

Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

Beaufort County sheriff's deputies and police have responded to more than 400 vehicle break-ins so far this year, and on Monday, more than 30 cars were broken into in Beaufort alone. 

Most of these crimes have one thing in common. In 90 percent of these cases, vehicle doors were left unlocked, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. 

Guns were one of the most common items stolen from vehicles. The sheriff's office said more than a dozen firearms - left in plain sight, in unlocked cars - have been stolen. 

These thefts occurred at both gated and non-gated communities. 

Beaufort police said the 38 break-ins that happened Monday in Beaufort were in the Battery Creek area. 

The sheriff's office said these preventable crimes are taking time away from other important cases. 

"The major issue here isn't even just not locking doors, it's folks leaving these items in out for thieves to see," said Sgt. Robin McIntosh, with Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. "We need people to be more careful and [to] not let themselves become the next target." 

The sheriff's office recommends that anyone who has to leave valuable items are urged to lock their vehicles and to keep the items out of sight.  

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