SPARTANBURG COUNTY – Nearly eight out of ten vehicles that were reported broken into in Spartanburg County since June were left unlocked.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says 222 car break-ins have been reported since June 1. Out of that total, 179 vehicles were left unlocked. That is 78 percent of vehicles where a thief merely had to open a car door.
Only 24 break-in incidents involved a vehicle where a window was broken or pried open.
Sheriff’s investigators say the vast majority of those crimes happen between midnight and 5:00 a.m. in residential areas.
Valuable items are often left in cars in plain view, making them attractive to thieves. Deputies add you should lock those items in a trunk or take them inside your home.