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City of Columbia Police Department
Friday August 22nd, 2014 :: 04:57 p.m. EDT

Advisory

Auto Breakings in Greenview Community; Enhanced Patrols

Chief Skip Holbrook announces that North Region Officers are investigating a series of auto breakings throughout the Greenview community.

The incidents have occurred at various times, specifically during the evening and overnight hours, from August 13 to August 21, 2014.

Residents have been victimized at the following locations:

Langwater Street
Sampson Circle
Wilkes Road
Conveyor Street
Seabury Street
Armour Street
Gabriel Street
Steadfast Street
Easter Street
Cindy Drive
Ronald Lane
Floyd Drive
Dixon Drive
Juniper Street

In many of the cases, the parked vehicles were left unsecured while in others, the suspect gained entry by an unknown means. In at least one case, the suspect used an object to pry open the driver’s side door.

The suspect (s) stole items including a purse, wallet, cash, handgun, laptop, iPhone charger, GPS unit alcohol, keys, and a camera. Other times, the vehicles did not contain valuables; the suspect (s) rummaged through the cars looking for things to steal. Officers recovered some of the stolen goods.


North Region Officers have enhanced their regular patrols in the Greenview and surrounding areas. Additional CPD Officers are also patrolling city-wide to prevent similar crimes from occurring.

Auto Breaking Prevention:

Chief Holbrook offers the following tips to avoid being an auto breaking victim.

1. Always lock your car

2. Don't make your car attractive to thieves by leaving valuables and packages in plain sight. (remove money, including loose change, GPS devices, phone and phone accessories)

3. Park in well-lit areas. Many vehicle thefts and theft from vehicles occur at night.

4. Park in attended lots. Auto thieves do not like witnesses.

5. Never hide a second set of keys in your car.

6. Avoid believing that a thief won’t come onto your property to break into your vehicle

Report It Inventory System:

Chief Holbrook reminds citizens about a free, online program to help citizens safeguard their valuables.

The program called ‘Report It,’ is a property inventory system that can track and recover stolen property.

‘Report It’ lets users securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so their items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss.

CPD can search for the stolen items with the help of item descriptions and serial numbers.

Citizens can sign up for Report It by visiting: www.columbiapd.net/crime_prevention.html
Scroll down to ‘Additional Sources’ and look for the ‘Report It’ icon.
Chief Holbrook encourages citizens with information about the Greenview auto breakings to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC,” followed by the tip information.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red "Submit a tip” tab.

Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Address/Location
City of Columbia Police Department
Justice Square
Columbia, SC 29201

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-252-2911

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