GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) – Garden City residents remain on high alert after a series of break-ins and no arrests.
Earlier this month, Georgetown County Sheriff's deputies said there were 15 home burglaries involving thieves taking flat screen televisions. They say that number has now gone up to 18.
The string of crime has Garden City resident Sylvia Joyce a little worried, especially since her neighbor's home was burglarized.
"They broke in a window and the security camera was positioned so that it didn't pick them up. I don't think it's anybody that wants to hurt anybody. They just want to steal the televisions to have something to sell," she said.
Deputies say they are still patrolling the area with more help and they're working leads. But short of that, Joyce isn't sure what else can be done.
"Not unless they can patrol the beach," she said.
Ryan Swaim, the general manager of Dunes Realty, says some of his staff is doing their own security checks.
"We'll send some of our maintenance guys out to take a look to make sure everything is still locked up and make sure the televisions are still there and everything looks good. Once people start renting houses again around Easter time, spring break time, you'll see virtually none of it for the rest of the year," Joyce said.
The Surfside Beach Police Department say there have been two home break-ins in their jurisdiction this month, but add special surveillance operations have helped cut down.