Police offer security tips amid series of downtown burglaries

Police offer security tips amid series of downtown burglaries

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police released a list of suggestions to protect your home and property as they investigate a string of seven burglaries.

The burglaries have been reported between April 9 and April 17 at homes on Cannon, Smith, Duncan, Coming and Vanderhorst Streets, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Police have arrested one man in connection with a Cannon Street burglary on April 15, but investigators have not yet determined whether the other burglaries are connected.

Francis said investigators have determined that in six of the seven incidents, homes that were burglarized were unlocked.

Police provided the following tips to secure your home:


  • Lighting: Dawn-to-Dusk or Timer is recommended
  • Out-Buildings or Sheds: Close locks, strengthen latches
  • Ladders: Secure in garage, or chain to fencing
  • Unsecured Property: Secure bicycles, lawn equipment
  • Garage Doors: Keep closed to prevent theft/entry
  • Accesses: Secure dormers, under-house accesses
  • Shrubbery: Trim down to three feet, keep tree branches above six feet


  • Door Locks: Use deadbolts secured with three-inch screws in strike plate
  • Sliding Doors: Use "Charley Bar," Pin, Screws in top track
  • Window Locks: Pin Wooden Windows, Key Locks
  • Valuables Storage: Lock and store away from regular locations
  • Property Marking: Engrave driver's license or other number

Police ask anyone who sees anything suspicious that causes concern to call 911 immediately so officers can respond and investigate.

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