Fort Mill Times

Rash of vehicle burglaries reported in Fort Mill

Residents and visitors in the Gold Hill Road area have reported a sharp increase in motor vehicle burglaries recently.

Most of the thefts occur between I-77 and Hwy. 160 West between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

"The main problem was that not a single car was locked," said Patrick Kiefer, the district commander for the sheriff's office Fort Mill region.

Kiefer said the thieves will go into apartment complexes and other neighborhoods and try car door handles until they find an unlocked car.

"If you have anything valuable in your car, hide it or take it inside with you," Kiefer said.

According to Kiefer, thieves are targeting cars that have power cords visible through the window. A thief passing by a car will know it is attached to some sort of electronic device inside and will be enticed to break in. Cell phones, laptops and GPS devices are some of the items that are being stolen.

"If you see someone you do not recognize in your neighborhood, call the police to have them checked out," Kiefer said.

Kiefer said he doesn't want residents to be alarmed, but simply remember to lock the doors after exiting their vehicles.

Don Tankersley, board president of the Knightsbridge Homeowners Association, said his neighborhood has not had any incidents he's aware of, but the community has a crime prevention patrol. The patrol rotates its patrol times so there is no pattern for would-be thieves watching the area to detect.