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‘Auto break-ins up 96%’: Greenville Police warn residents of uptick

Police say lock your car
Police say lock your car(Greenville PD)
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 9:18 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 11:55 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Greenville Police Department is warning residents of an increase in autobreakings and auto thefts in Greenville.

Police said compared to 2021, autobreakings are up 96 percent and auto thefts are up 19 percent. In 75 percent of the autobreaking cases and 22 percent of the auto theft cases, the cars were unlocked.

As a result, police say it is essential for individuals to lock their cars, take their keys with them, and hide any valuables so that they are not visible to anyone looking in the car.

We’re told some of the “hotspots” for autobreakings are apartment complexes around Haywood Mall, the Cleveland Park area, and the Green Avenue area. The “hotspots” for auto thefts include the apartment complexes on Haywood Road and apartment complexes on Century Drive, Century Circle, Villa Road, and Verdae Boulevard.

On Thursday, police said urging the community to report suspicious behavior was paying off.

A security guard at an auto dealership on Laurens Road reported seeing a masked man in all black pulling on door handles of cars.

Police said the suspect was arrested and charged with tampering with vehicles.

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